In 1978, I got my first professional job as a lab manager for a photo finisher and commercial studio in Peoria, Illinois. At the time I was interested in black and white photography and photographed landscapes and people. I loved Kodak Tri-X and often used medium format cameras. Today, I photograph primarily using a light microscope. The snowflake is representative of a decade long commitment to the subject and the dandelion is representative of work I do using prepared tissues.
Michael Peres joined the teaching faculty of the Rochester Institute of Technology School of Photographic Arts & Sciences in 1986. He is a professor of biomedical photography and teaches photomicrography, biomedical photography and other related applications of photography in science. He served as the chair of the biomedical photographic communications department from 1989 until June 2010 when he was appointed as associate administrative chair of the School.