Born in Germany in 1967, Lars Michael has been practicing photography since he received his first SLR camera at the age of 15 years. While in high school, he studied Ansel Adams’ classic books about the “zone system” and put this newly acquired knowledge to use in the wet darkroom. In college he learned about techniques such as lith processing, photogenic processing, and color processing. Lars spent his last year of college living in Cape Town, South Africa, after being accepted in an exchange program. Being transplanted into a different continent reinforced his love for scenery photography.
In 1995, Lars moved to Minneapolis and began traveling to the places he had seen in photographs of great American landscape photographers, such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Soon he recognized the benefits of a digital work flow, and began using Adobe Photoshop to add finishing touches to scanned color and black-and-white negatives and transparencies, and ultimately switched to an all-digital work flow in the early 2000s.
He opened his own photographic business in 2003 after graduating at the New York Institute of Photography with a degree in Professional Photography.