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Michael Cole is a London based editorial photographer, photojournalist and adventurer seeker with a strong background in New and Visual Media with a particular interest in sharing people’s stories and experiences with varied audiences, using the powerful art of snapshot photography.
Michael was until recently an active member of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) though continues to work on commissioned editorial and personal projects.
Michael initially trained and worked as a professional chef in London for 12 years, before studying photography at Central Saint Martins. Michael then completed and graduated with an MA degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography awarded by University of Westminster, London in 2013.
For a four-month period during 2012, Michael was a ‘photographer in residence’ with the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, where he completed and published his first major photo-project, titled ‘Monday Comes Very Quickly – photographing the un-seeable’. This work was later featured on BBC News in Pictures.
“Michael’s photo project has done much to further reduce the stigma and prejudices people in mental health sometimes face, the project was ground-breaking in the way it showed mental health in a way rarely seen by the wider world.” -Sue Turner, Chief Executive, BSMHFT, September 2012.
Michael’s recent project explored aspects of regeneration and gentrification of Peckham, London (SE15), since the London riots of 2011 and a advent of the Overground line for the Olympics. The project titled ‘ Two Streets Apart ‘ is featured on BBC New in Pictures.