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 ll, Mikhail Gorbachev and 5 U.S. Presidents, to entertainers like Paul McCartney, George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Bono. 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 work in Calcutta to Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Tutu along with Mikhail Gorbachev's Nobel Peace summit in Italy to photographing the Rolling Stones in France.
In 1996, Collopy released "Works of Love are Works of Peace," with the cooperation of Mother Teresa. This critically acclaimed 15-year photo 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 the tragedy of 9-11, Collopy combined to create a website profiling the living Nobel peace laureates' reaction entitled: The Peacemakers Speak; which was awarded one of the top sites of the year by USA Today. The Architects of Peace project is permanently exhibited at The National Civil Rights Museum, The Hoover Institute at Stanford University, Marquette University, Anahuac University in Mexico City and Santa Clara University. In 2008, Collopy formed the Architects of Peace Foundation, which is involved with Peace education. He continues to photograph the world's peacemakers. Last year, Michael worked with legendary music mogul Quincy Jones for 9 months on his illustrated memoirs. The "Complete Quincy Jones, My Life and Passions" which launched at Christmas to critical acclaim. Michael Collopy is the recipient of the 2009 Martin Luther King Peace award from Stanford University.