College of Fine Arts and Communication, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point
About Michael Knapstein
My interest in photography began in junior high school back in the early 1970s. My work began to be recognized and exhibited widely while I was in high school and college. My photographs earned their way into the permanent collections of the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Nikon House while I was still a student. I paid my way through college working as a photojournalist, shooting assignments for AP, UPI and other news services. I also began shooting assignments for advertising agencies, which ultimately led to a 30+ year career in advertising. Unfortunately, the demands of running an advertising agency kept me from picking up a camera for nearly three decades. In 2010 I sold my advertising firm and returned to my true love...photography. Since then, I have tried to pick up in a digital age where I left off in the analog. It has been a fun and rewarding journey so far. My work has been recognized in major competitions and exhibited around the world.