When we arrived to visit Maestro Valdez it was to buy some of his ceramic art. He was renowned for using a very ancient method of working. After choosing the pieces I asked for permission to make some photos of him working - he graciously agreed. After I got my gear out of the car he proceeded to open up his studio and home to me, introducing me to his immediate family. I remember the face of a man who'd worked hard throughout a tough life yet remained humble before his earthen materials, devoted to his craft and his family.

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When we arrived to visit Maestro Valdez it was to buy some of his ceramic art. He was renowned for using a very ancient method of working. After choosing the pieces I asked for permission to make some photos of him working - he graciously agreed. After I got my gear out of the car he proceeded to open up his studio and home to me, introducing me to his immediate family. I remember the face of a man who'd worked hard throughout a tough life yet remained humble before his earthen materials,...
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Michael is known primarily for the intuitive, natural way that he photographs people and places. His formal portraits, as well as his travel and documentary images of people are all built on a foundation of trust and respect. Michael's work explores the themes of identity in the individual, the family and the community.

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