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Michael Peres

Associate Chair
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

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Michael Peres

Associate Chair
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Education

BA, Bradley University; BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

Bio

Professor Michael Peres is an award-winning photo educator, author, and photographer. He joined the faculty of the renown School of Photographic Arts and Sciences in the fall of 1986. During his career at RIT, he has dedicated himself to inspiring generations of curious students, many who have become leaders in various fields.

 

Peres has served many leadership roles in the School of Photographic Art and Sciences including serving as the associate director, acting director, graduate program director, and program director photographic sciences. He also served as program director of the Biomedical Photographic Communications department for nearly 25 years. 

Peres' expertise includes photomicrography as well as other bio-medical photographic applications. Peres has been actively publishing most of his career and in December 2016 published his 7th book, Laboratory Imaging and Photography Best Practices for Photomicrography and More. He served as editor-in-chief of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography - 4th edition. In the last decade he has become one of the world’s leading snowflake photographers and his pictures have been published by Time, CNN, the Weather Channel and Mashable. He has presented papers and imaging-related workshops all over the United States, as well as in Sweden, Canada, the UK, Austria, Tanzania, the Netherlands, Germany, and Australia. He also serves as one of the long-standing leaders of the signature annual RIT Big Shot event and the Images from Science project. He has won numerous awards including the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching; the RIT Gitner Prize presented for outstanding performance in the graphic arts (2X); the Louis B. Schmidt Award presented by the BioCommunications Association for life time contributions to the Biocommunications industry; and the 2010 RIT Frank Romano prize for innovation in publishing in the graphic arts. Michael earned a master’s degree in instructional technology and holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and biomedical photographic communications. He is also a registered biological photographer. 

Prior to joining the RIT faculty, he worked at the Charleston Division of the West Virginia University as a medical photographer and was the supervisor of photography at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  

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Areas of Expertise

Currently Teaching

PHAR-498
1 - 3 Credits
The Photography Internship will provide students with the option to work in the photographic or visual communications field. Students may apply for internships to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Internship Permission Form to enroll.
PHPS-342
3 Credits
The microscope has proven itself to be an important tool for investigation since its invention in 1595. This course is designed to go well beyond the basics required for the creation of magnified images of invisible objects. Students will explore objects using a variety of microscopy techniques including differential interference contrast, fluorescence, phase contrast, reflected light and polarized light. The course will investigate both the optical and digital enhancement techniques made possible in contemporary times. Video, motion-stopping using electronic flash as well as specimen preparation will be part of the coursework.
PHPS-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography independent study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **Note: Students can only earn up to 6 credits of independent study towards completion of their degree**
PHAR-399
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide photographic and imaging arts students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
PHAR-499
0 Credits
Cooperative Education will provide photographic and imaging arts students with hands-on experience in their field, directly related to a student’s major with an established studio or related business. Students will need to apply for co-ops, and interview as part of the selection process, based on available positions posted by the Co-op and Career Services Office, or found through the students’ own research. In programs where co-op is a degree requirement, students must obtain permission of their program or graduate director prior to enrollment. Co-ops are typically paid work experience, and can be part-time (150-479 total hours within the term), or full-time (480+ hours within the term). Co-ops may be one or two consecutive terms - fall, spring, or summer – with department permission.
PHPS-403
3 Credits
Students will execute a major project proposed in the first course of the sequence: PS Capstone I. Projects may address subjects related to the photographic sciences or other relevant topics. Students will provide a progress report to the course coordinator at set intervals. Class will meet weekly to provide discussion and feedback on individual projects.
PHMS-747
3 Credits
This course guides students from their capstone proposal through the completion of a capstone project. Building on Capstone I, students complete a meaningful and significant capstone in their relevant domain. In addition, students prepare for their chosen post-masters endeavors, including the implementation and potential publishing of their capstone project.
PHPS-307
1 Credits
This course, a collaboration between RIT & Rochester Regional Health, will introduce students to the issues and methods used in contemporary surgical photography. Students will be exposed to the fundamental photographic equipment and procedures used in operating rooms including proper file management in this era of HIPAA regulations. At the end of the course, students will have visited the surgery theater at least three times with the objective of making photographs. This course can be repeated.
PHGR-799
1 - 4 Credits
An independent study allows graduate students in the Photography and Related Media program the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, should propose a course of study or project with clearly defined goals and outcomes. Students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA *

In the News

Featured Work

Select Scholarship

Full Length Book
Michael;, Peres, and Cost, P. Snowflake Science Activity Book. 1st ed. Atglen, PA: Schiffer, 2020. Print.
Peres, Michael, et al. Images from Science 3. 1st ed. Rochester, NY: RIT Press, 2019. Print.
R, Peres, Michael, et al. Laboratory Imaging and Photography. 1st ed. New York, NY: Routlege, 2016. Print.
R, Peres, Michael and Patricia Cost. Michael Photographs a Snowflake. 1st ed. Rochester, NY: Fossil Press, 2016. Print.
Invited Paper
Michael, Peres,. "The RIT Big Shot Thirty Three Years of Stories." Journal of BioCommunications. (2019). Web.
Peres, Michael. "Photographing Snowflakes." Phot.Net. (2014). Web.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Peres, Michael. Controlled Trauma. 2 Feb. 2018. Gallery R, Rochester NY. Installation.
Peres, Michael. Snowflakes Up Close. 3 Feb. 2017. Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester. Installation.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Peres, Michael. "Its not the Destination but the Journey." BioComm 2104. Biocommunications Association. Rochester, MN. 20 Jul. 2014. Keynote Speech.
Published Book
DuBois, William, Michael Peres, and Dawn Tower DuBois. The RITBig Shot: A Commemorative Collection of Photographs 1987-2009. Rochester, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology, Open Publishing Lab, 2010. Print. É