Michael Crouser was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and began making photographs in earnest at the age of fourteen, when he set up a darkroom in his parents’ basement.
He graduated from Saint John’s University (Collegeville, MN) and immediately began assisting in commercial studios around the Twin Cities. He soon began taking on clients of his own, while also beginning a personal project that would take fifteen years to complete, called LOS TOROS, a black and white examination of the bullfights in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador and France. The project was published as a monograph by Twin Palms Publishers. The book won first prize in the category of Fine Art Book in the 2007 International Photography Awards. Two other highly acclaimed books, DOG RUN and MOUNTAIN RANCH followed, and Crouser is currently working on a fourth project, called “Sin Tiempo”, which means “without time” in Spanish.
In 2012 Leica Gallery of New York City hosted the exhibition “Michael Crouser: A Mid-Career Retrospective” and in 2014 he received the George Eastman / Power of the Image Award in Beijing, China. He is currently represented by ClampArt of New York, and his work can be found in the permanent collections of several museums throughout the US. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Maria, and their boy, Conrad.
All images copyright Michael Crouser.