Michael Darough graduated from the University of Memphis, earning an MFA in photography in 2011 and his BFA in photography from Arizona State University in 2007. His work explores the intersection of personal and cultural identity though tableau and portraiture. He is a nationally and internationally exhibiting artist whose work has recently been shown at the Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN), the Center for Fine Art Photography (Fort Collins, CO), Context 21 exhibition at Filter Space Gallery (Chicago, IL), and was accepted to the Format21: Control International Photography Festival (Derbyshire, UK). He is a Silver Eye Fellowship 20 recipient, 33rd Annual McNeese National Works on Paper purchase award winner and was a 2020 finalist for the Arnold Newman Prize For New Directions in Photographic Portraiture. Currently, Darough is a practicing artist and educator working in St. Louis, MO.