BA, Bradley University; BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology
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.
In the News
May 7, 2020
A Very Close Look At Some Of The World's Most Feared Viruses
BuzzFeed talks to Michael Peres, professor and associate chair, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences, about capturing images of microscopic viruses and bacteria.
April 6, 2020
Students, faculty respond creatively to online learning
DIY animation equipment and paper microscopes are some of the course delivery solutions with classes shifting online.
February 26, 2020
POSTPONED: RIT’s nighttime community photo project focuses on women’s rights icon
Rochester, N.Y.’s notable histories as the birthplace of the women’s rights movement and photography will come together for RIT’s Big Shot next month. Organizers of the longtime community photographic project will capture a dramatic nighttime image of the National Susan B. Anthony Museum & House, 17 Madison St., and surrounding neighborhood on March 22.
Snowflakes Up Close
Laboratory Photography: Photomicrography and More
Michael Photographs a Snowflake