Michael Photographs a Snowflake was created to share the beauty and science of snowflakes. Michael has been photographing through a microscope for over four decades. He is obsessed with photographing snowflakes and has been featured in Time magazine and on CNN and the Weather Channel. This one-of-a-kind book was written specifically for young, eager elementary school learners.
This title is part of the American Makers series, introducing individuals who express themselves through creative work.
Michael Peres is a professor of biomedical photography in the School of Photographic Arts and Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. He teaches photomicrography and other applications of photography in science, and has been actively publishing for most of his career. He has won many prestigious awards, including the RIT Gitner Family prize (twice) for outstanding achievement in the graphic arts, the RIT Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching, and the BioCommunications Association’s Louis Schmidt Award for “outstanding contributions to the progress of biological communications.”
Patricia Cost also wrote The Bentons: How an American Father and Son Changed the Printing Industry (RIT Press, 2011), and several print-on-demand books.
Julia Morris, an illustrator and designer from Washington, D.C., contributed the watercolor of Michael collecting snowflakes for the cover of this book. She is a fourth-year illustration student at the Rochester of Technology, specializing in book covers and greeting cards.
Special thanks to artist Lizzie Harper, who drew the snowflake that can be colored on page 25. (It’s based on one of Michael’s 2016 photographs.) Lizzie drew many of Michael’s other snowflake photographs for a coloring book that she co-authored with Christina Hart-Davies, entitled Art for Mindfulness: Winter Wonderland (London: Harper Collins, 2015).
Publisher: Fossil Press (07/2016)
Illustrations: 32, mostly color
Size: 8.5 x 8.5 in.
Shipping Weight: 0.1lb
“The art and science of photographing snowflakes is beautifully captured through simple text and photographs. This book is an excellent companion to Snowflake Bentley, and would be a welcome addition to any elementary school library.”
Vicky Polk, Library Media Specialist
Klem Road North Elementary School