Michael Creagen has been a photographer for many years bringing personal and practical experiences to his teaching. He is of Japanese Canadian heritage and worked as an artist and filmmaker before picking up a still camera, bringing Asian influences to his work in visual media.
Michael has worked for a variety of national and international news organizations and was the Halifax bureau photographer for Macleans Magazine, Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail and United Press International. He has done assignments for the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Canadian Press, Canadian Business Magazine, Reuters, Atlantic Insight Magazine and a host of other publications.
Part of the fun of being a photographer is covering events with interesting personalities. Michael has photographed Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau on an oil rig; U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton; British royal tours including Queen Elizabeth II and Lady Diana; and hung out with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.
In 2023, Michael was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal by Lt. Governor Arthur LeBlanc, for his service to the Crown and contributions to the Arts in Nova Scotia. He has also won two Canadian Press News Awards, two Nikon Photo awards and was one of 100 international photographers on “A Day in the Life of Canada” book project.
Michael currently photographs for the Nova Scotia and federal governments and many corporate and commercial clients. This gives him a working perspective of the business to prepare students for the working world.