As a freshman at the University of Memphis, Michael Evans bought a secondhand 35mm camera and fell in love with photography. He went on to major in film production and later worked as a television producer and still photographer. His first publication came while he was still in college, when The New York Times Magazine published one of his photos of the Kol Demama Dance Company.
Throughout his career, Michael has photographed numerous national and world leaders, including President Bill Clinton, First Ladies Rosalynn Carter and Barbara Bush, Barbara Jordan, and Desmond Tutu, as well as notable artists such as Kathy Bates, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, B.B. King, Rufus Thomas, and John “Memphis Slim” Chatman. His photographs have appeared in exhibitions at San Francisco’s Space Gallery and California Modern Art Gallery, as well as The Cookie Factory and The Tennessee Ballet in Memphis.
Michael moved to Peru in 2008 and migrated to Colombia in 2010. For a number of years, he worked as a correspondent for International Living magazine. His articles also have appeared on The Guardian, Bankrate, Fox Business, and Yahoo! Finance websites, and he occasionally contributes text and photographs to The City Paper, Colombia’s most popular English-language newspaper. LensWork published a large selection of Michael’s fine art Whispers series, which documented architectural survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, in its #65 issue
After more than thirty-five years behind the lens, Michael still finds photography as intriguing as he did the day he bought his first camera. In 2017, he published My Colombia: The First Seven Years—a collection of photographs taken during his adventures in Colombia.
You can support Michael’s work by making a Patreon pledge for as little as one dollar per month: https://www.patreon.com/memphismike
LensWork – Issue #65 (July/August 2006)
The City Paper
The New York Times Magazine
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Clinton / Gore Campaign
Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson
Facing History and Ourselves
California Modern Art Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2006)
Space Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2005)
The Cookie Factory, Memphis, TN (1994)