Portrait of Michael Kowalczyk - Photo by J.Ruszkiewicz

Michael Kowalczyk – Photo by J.Ruszkiewicz

My name is Michael, I make and teach how to make photographs in public using available light in color and black and white. My education and professional work background is in communications, teaching and educational media design.

Creative Commons

I like my photographic work to be freely accessible, shareable and usable for cultural purposes. By publishing my work under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License  I can give back to you what I received from the public space and be sure that any new work derived from it stays culturally free as well.  The CC BY-SA license means basically two things:

  • This license lets you remix, tweak, and build upon my photographs even for commercial purposes, as long as you credit me (Attribute) AND license the new creations under the identical license terms (ShareAlike).
  • All new works based on yours will carry the same license, so any derivatives will also allow commercial use.

Learn how to attribute and publish properly by visiting the CC BY-SA 4.0 licenses page here. Permissions beyond the scope of this license can be obtained. Please contact me directly via Email.

Work Experience

  • Today – 2016 – Teaching Assistant – International Center of Photography School (ICP), New York City, US
  • 2015 – 2003 – Multimedia Specialist – RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  • 2008 – 2003 – Digitization Specialist, Founder – MiKMEDiA, Aachen, Germany

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Continuing Education

  • 2017 – Workshop “Street Photography as Point of View” with Jeff Mermelstein, ICP, NYC, US
  • 2017 – Workshop “The Documentary Project: The Photographer as Storyteller “with Natan Dvir, ICP, NYC, US
  • 2015 – Education Day – Photoville , New York City, US (read more)
  • 2014 – Workshop “What do you mean?” with Paolo Woods, International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Salzburg, Austria (Link)#
  • 2013 – Workshop “Documentary Video” with Ralf Marschalleck, Video/Film Tage 013, Institut für Medienpädagogik – Rheinland-Pfalz e.V., Koblenz, Germany (Link)


  • 2016 – Master of Arts in Educational Media Design, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  • 2009 – Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Communication Studies and Philosophy, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Contests, Exhibitions & Publications

  • 2017 – Photo contest winner, 2nd place, Urban Street Dive Contest 2017 (Link)
  • 2016 – Photo prints publication in seven LUUPS 2017 Art & Coupon books (Link)
  • 2016 – Photo print publication in the GOLEM Exhibition Catalog, Jewish Museum Berlin (Link)
  • 2016 – Edge of Humanity Online Publication with selected Street Photographs from NYC (Link)
  • 2015 – Photo prints publications in six LUUPS 2016 Art & Coupons books (Link)
  • 2015 – Photo prints publication in the LUUPS Aachen 2015 Art & Coupons books (Link)
  • 2015 – Photo contest winner, 2nd place, Pfarrei St. Jakob Contest “Weg” (Link)
  • 2013 – Photo contest and print publication, Katholische Hochschulgemeinde “Eyecatcher 2” Aachen, Germany (Link & Video)
  • 2012 – Photo prints publication in the LUUPS Aachen 2012 Art & Coupon book (Link)
  • 2010 – Video exhibition, Urban Styles 3.0, “Aachen Tilt Shift” in the Raststätte, Aachen, Germany (Link)
  • 2009 – Photo exhibition, Urban Styles 2.0, “Klingeln” in the Raststätte, Aachen, Germany (Video)

EyeEm & Getty Images

Camera Gear

  • RICOH Theta S
  • Pentax K5 & Prime Lenses

Read more about my Camera Gear History