Michael Mauney got his start in photography at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina, first as darkroom man and then as staff photographer. After moving to Chicago, where he lived for 33 years, he worked for Life magazine as both contract and staff photographer. During the 70s, 80s, and 90s, he worked for Life, People, and Fortune magazines, and also did photography for many of the country’s largest corporations. Today Michael lives and works near Asheville, North Carolina.
“What I’ve always done best is make pictures of people. When I photograph I sometimes let my subject lead me to the interesting pictures. As I photograph, I might stop, or stall for a minute, do something to change the dynamics, allow the unpredictable to happen, give the person the time and space to drop the awkwardness of being on camera and just be themselves. This can work whether I’m photographing a celebrity, a CEO, or a ten-year-old child. Of course if push comes to shove I’ll do what’s necessary to get the picture.