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About Michael Reichmann


It's easy to be a critic. You just need to have an opinion and a soapbox to spout it from. But when I listen to or read someone's opinions I want to know what combination of knowledge and experience allows them to hold forth on a given topic. Since I pontificate on many subjects in various essay and reviews on this site I figure that you deserve to knew a bit about who I am and what experience I bring to the table in each of these areas.

Michael Reichmann
Photo © 2004 Doug Brown


started making my living as a professional photographer some 40 years ago

had my first fine-art / documentary gallery one-man show in 1963, with numerous exhibitions since

in recent years exhibitions at the Pikto Gallery in Toronto; 2004, 2005, and 2006

operated my own fine-art photography gallery and teaching studio in Toronto, Canada from 2007 – 2010

first of several television documentaries on my work was aired in 1964

over a 40 years period my work has appeared in many magazines and books in 6 countries

work has been collected by private collectors and by public galleries on two continents

have taught photography at the college level for the past 15 years

teach photographic field workshops and seminars around the world on a regular basis

an invited speaker to numerous industry conferences and symposiums in North America and Europe

author of more than 300 articles on photographic technique as well as equipment reviews

was a Contributing Editor at Photo Techniques Magazine for many years and also a regular columnist in American Photo magazine

have tested and reviewed for print and online publications nearly every major camera system released in the past 30 years

have been (and still am) a consultant to numerous companies with regard to product design and marketing

an alpha and beta product tester for numerous companies

 hold six granted U.S. patents in communications technology

store manager for four years for Canada's largest professional photographic retailer

was head of product development for two major software publishers

was Product Manager and then national head of Sales and Marketing for a major Japanese manufacturer

founded, have run, and have divested two high-technology publicly listed companies

founder, publisher and primary author of The Luminous Landscape and the Luminous Landscape Video Journal

Producer and on-screen co-host with Jeff Schewe of best-selling training videos on Printing, Lightroom, and Photoshop, and with Walter Borchenko on C1

— Founder of The Luminous Endowment for Photographers (2014), a not-for-profit, providing grants for worthwhile projects to photographers world-wide



None of this makes my opinions right. But it means that when I criticize something my opinion comes from some fairly extensive photographic and industry experience.

Am I biased? Yup! I like equipment that produces first-class image quality and that does so with well-designed ergonomics and user interface. A good product needs both. A product fails, in my book, if it only succeeds in one of these two areas.

Do I make mistakes in my reviews? Sure, lots of them. Who doesn't from time to time? I do my best to correct them though when I do.

But I put a lot of thought into my writing, and I don't criticize things casually or indiscriminately. I do praise good products, and point out failings when I see them.

Thought you might like to know.

Michael Reichmann

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