Michael Collopy


Michael Collopy is one of the preeminent portrait photographers of our time and has gained worldwide recognition for his commissioned portraits of hundreds of public figures. His portfolio includes a vast array of portraits from world leaders such as Pope John Paul II, Mikhail Gorbachev and Margaret Thatcher, to entertainers like Ella Fitzgerald, Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Luciano Pavarotti. Collopy also worked with Frank Sinatra for many years. Collopy's photographs have been published worldwide in numerous books, magazines and newspapers, as well as many record and CD covers.

A San Francisco native, Collopy is the son of internationally acclaimed graphic artist George Collopy. He is a self-taught photographer whose enthusiasm for the arts led him to meet and spend time with such luminaries as Ansel Adams and Richard Avedon, who offered Michael their artistic advice and encouraged him to pursue a professional career in photography.

Collopy's range of clients have brought him around the globe. From photographing Mother Teresa's missions in Calcutta and Pope John Paul II in Mexico City, to photographing the Rolling Stones in Paris for Mick Jagger's birthday.

In 1996, Collopy released "Works of Love are Works of Peace," with the cooperation of Mother Teresa. This critically acclaimed 15-year photographic documentary profiled the work of her Missionaries of Charity. It won many international printing awards and was chosen as one of the top coffee table books of 1996 by USA Today.

In the Fall of 2001 Collopy released his second book, "Architects of Peace." Inspired by children rights activist Marian Wright Edelman, Michael photographed 75 of the world's greatest peacemakers and movers and shakers and asked each one to write a personal statement on the issue of peace.

After tragedy of 9-11, Collopy combined with the Community .com to create a website profiling the living nobel peace laureates reaction entitled: The Peacemakers Speak which was awarded One of the Year's Top web site's by USA Today.

The Architects of Peace project is permanently exhibited at The National Civil Rights Museum, Marquette University, The Hoover Institute Archives at Stanford, Anahuac University in Mexico City and Santa Clara University.

Michael Collopy is currently working on 2 Celebrity campaigns benefiting HIV/Aids Charities at Until Theres a Cure and eliminating land mines worldwide through Adopt a Minefield at the United Nations Association.

He is currently working on a book profiling musicians that have shaped jazz and rock 'n' roll music.

Collopy continues to photograph the world's peacemakers.