Portrait of an artist ~ Michael Hyman

About The Artist

Michael Hyman is from Toronto, Canada. He has been pursuing his interest in photography since childhood. In 1999, in San Francisco, he bought his first digital camera, a 0.2 megapixel Casio QV-770. Like many others, the switch to digital revolutionized the way he looked at photography. The ability to shoot, print and edit at home, primitive though the technology was at the time, led to his decision to pursue a career as a fine art photographer.

In 2002, Michael participated in his first art show at the Toronto Convention Center. With only a small selection of work, all printed on an Epson Stlyus 780 and no prints larger than an 8x10, the show was a success. ‘I would not have been able to get started without the help of my family and friends – I can remember us staying up, all night before the show, framing pictures, cleaning picture glass, trimming and labeling the prints…’

Michael’s work is influenced by his time spent working as a guide in Ontario, by his travels across the country, and of course by his parents, who instilled in him a sense of adventure and a deep respect for the country his family had settled in.

Over the last decade, Michael has been in over 300 shows across Canada. His work has graced the walls of the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba's ballroom, not to mention countless homes across the country, as well as many expat's houses around the world.

Michael's camera of choice is currently a Nikon D70, although many of his early works were shot with a Canon G1-G3. He has always done his own printing, and in 2007 acquired an Epson Stylus Pro 10000 CF, a 44" wide archival printer. This has allowed him to produce his work in larger sizes, up to 40”x60”. For his large format prints, Michael prefers to print on canvas, which he then stretches over a frame.

Michael’s work is edited for strong saturation and contrast. He likes to have bold, almost surreal colours that grab the viewer and draw him/her into the image. For subject matter, the wildlife and landscape of Canada, decaying architecture, automobiles, and the theme of travel are some of his favourites.

Michael lives in Toronto with his wife, Rachel, and their son, Ezra.


Posted on August 21, 2014 .