Michael was born in Berlin Germany in January 1945.
He was first exposed to photography at the age of ten through
his older sister, who attended Lette Haus, a Berlin arts academy.
In 1958 at the age of 13 he came to America to rejoin his mother.
He studied ballet and drama while attending highschool in Denver
Colorado and performed locally. After three years in the U.S. Army
he settled in New York intending to pursue a career in acting.
Inspired by Antonioni's now classicfilm 'BLOW UP' about a London
photographer he began taking pictures of his fellow acting students.
Self taught, searching for his own style, he beganshooting and
processing images to look as though they come off the silverscreen.
Grainy horizontal pictures in black and white which he toned and
His portfolio was built around fashion tests for New York modelling
His first break was an eight page spread for MEN'S WEAR
magazine in 1969.In 1971 he shot twenty one pages for GQ's design
In May of 1973 Michael's style was featured on the cover of ART
He liked shooting female erotica and contributed to three PLAYBOY
His career lept forward after moving to Paris in 1976, when he
shot 'erotic sequential room stories' for VOGUE HOMMES.
His hand tinted images, which he calls 'TINTONES' where
published in German PLAYBOY and leading european trade,
fashion and avant guarde magazines.
In 1980, his postcards edition THE COMPAGNIE were included
in the MUSEÈ DES ARTS DECORATIFS, a LOUVRE annex.
As artistic consultant, Michael developed an erotic feature, 'Mme.
CLAUDE II', (US title: INTIMATE MOMENTS) for the French
film industry.He moved to Los Angeles in 1981 and had an
exhibition at the CHINA CLUB in '83, called 'PRUSSIAN BLUE'.
TOM WAITS visited Michael¹s show and commissioned his
Island label album cover, SWORFISHTROMBONES. Michael
also co-directed 'IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD', Tom¹s MTV video.
In 1984 his son Floyd was born in L.A.
In 1986 he moved to Hamburg and then to Munich and focused on
During this time he developed his fine art 'TINTONE' Negative/Positive
photography. These one of a kind images were published in various
portfolios, magazine galleriesand on the covers of prestigios Color
In 1994 he produced an experimental promotional TV spot entitled
'OCEANS' for VOX TV in Europe.He moved back to L.A. in 1996
where he directed Samantha Fox¹s comeback video:
'THE REASON IS YOU'.
In 1998 Michael moved to Santa Fe New Mexico, where he studied
computer design and produced/directed TV commercials for
DONALD J. PLINER.He also exhibited large scale TINTONE
Iris/Giclee prints at THE IMAGE HOUSE Gallery,
THE PARAMOUNT in Santa Fe NM and FULLER's
LODGE in Los Alamos NM.
In October 2001 Michael returned to his native Berlin where he
spent two years and exhibited at the BERLIN EROTIC MUSEUM.
He now lives in Los Angeles and Berlin. He continues to work on
his film script 'DARK ROOM':
'The surreal journeyof a photographer who recreates mysterious
erotic images buried in his subconscience.'