Born in Yorkshire, Michael Turek is a freelance photographer now based in New York City. Michael grew up in Virginia, spending most of his time catching newts and playing soccer. During high school he worked as a telemarketer, parking valet, Christmas tree salesman, soccer referee, and as a towel-boy at a gym. Mostly though, he just thought about making photos. On family trips to England he fell in love with putting the world in a rectangle and clicking, and it was his high-school photo teacher who helped him decide to become a photographer.
Four years later Michael graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a photography degree, moved to New York City to assist photographers, and then quickly began accepting his own commissions from magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. His photography focuses on documentary assignments and personal projects. He maintains The Turek Atlas, an online travel guide featuring his images, and as a Kodak Professional Film Ambassador he also leads workshops with the Kodak Camera Club.