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.
Since my reemergence in photography, my work work has been recognized with more than 250 awards in some of the world’s most prestigious photography competitions, including the Royal Photographic Society (England), Prix de la Photographie Paris (France), Grand Prix de la Decouverte (France), the Photography Masters Cup (England), the Moscow International Foto Awards (Russia), the Lucie International Photography Awards, the New York Center for Photographic Art, Photo L.A., National Geographic and the Pollux Awards (England) which named me their International Landscape Photographer of the Year. In 2016, I was named a Critical Mass Finalist in the international portfolio competition from Photolucida (Portland, Oregon).
I have been fortunate enough to have my photographs published and exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, including Aberystwyth, Belfast, East Sussex, London, Oxford and Stafford (all UK), Arles and Paris (France), Barcelona and Malaga (Spain), Buenos Aries (Argentina), Sydney (Australia), Moscow (Russia) and Berlin (Germany).
In the United States, my work has been exhibited in New York (New York), Carmel, Half Moon Bay, Long Beach, Modesto, Oceanside, San Diego and San Francisco (all California), Essex Junction and Middlebury (Vermont), Johnson City (Texas), Albuquerque (New Mexico), Fort Collins (Colorado), Naples (Florida), Portland (Oregon) as well as Madison, Milwaukee, Prairie du Sac, Spring Green, Stevens Point and West Bend (all Wisconsin).