Michael attended Washington and Lee University where he studied Spanish and Ecology (’03). After playing Minor League Baseball for the Atlanta Braves for a few years, Michael turned his focus to the camera. His travel and documentary work has taken him to over 27 countries around the world. He completed his first book, a project documenting urban farming in America, titled Breaking Through Concrete (University of California Press) in 2010. He recently finished is first documentary film on a river in his native South, Who Owns Water (released 2014). He has taught numerous photography workshops, including National Geographic Student Expeditions in the Sacred Valley, Peru. He has judged the 2010, 2011 and 2012 DC Fotoweek Photography contest. Michael’s fine art work is in the permanent archive at the Sir Elton John Collection.
Michael Hanson is currently based in Seattle, Washington. He was named a PDN30 New & Emerging Photographer in 2013. Michael has received numerous awards including One of the World’s Top Travel Photographers by Popular Photography Magazine and Images of the Year by American Photo.