Biography

Michael Fagans I simply enjoy telling people’s stories. My journey has taken me to the Navajo Nation, Malawi, India, Afghanistan, Scotland, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Belize and Guatemala.

I am currently the Director of Strategic Communications for the United Way of Kern County. My independent work, when I have time, is focused on helping businesses and non-profits inform their clients, volunteers and the community about the work they are doing. This may include still photography, video, web projects, social media or a combination of media.

I am a founding member of risingtideproductions.tv and we have had multiple short films screened in the Outside the Box Bakersfield Film Festival as well as the premiere of The Trafficked Life at the Fox Theater. I was formerly the Assistant Photo Editor at The Bakersfield Californian where I focused on multimedia, video and web projects for the photo staff, curated the SEEN page and worked with the front page designer.

I am a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology’s College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. I am the National Press Photographers Association’s Photographer of the Year for 2005 for New York state and Ontario and Quebec provinces.

I served for eight years on the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Self-Development of People Committee, focusing on mission interpretation for the world-wide ministry. In 2015 I was the Tour Coordinator for the Tour Against Trafficking.

A paraphrased quote from Hugh Brody speaks to me about the photographer’s mind as one of, “Humanity’s most sophisticated combination of detailed knowledge and intuition. It is where direct experience and metaphor unite in a joint concern to know and use the truth.”

My clients include: The Center for Investigative Reporting, the United Way of Kern County, Epigraph Records, the Kern Food Policy Council, The New York Times, and the National Journal.

I am married to the Rev. Deborah De Boer and we live in Bakersfield with our daughter and three cats. You can often find me out on the bike trail along the Kern River or at my ‘office’ at Dagny’s Coffee Shop when I am not holding a camera up to my eye.

You can follow me on Instagram @mfphotog or on Twitter @skip_fagans.