Michael Heller, 52, is a Professional Photographer who resides in East Hampton, LongIsland, New York. A graduate of Bard College in New York and the Art Center College of Design (BFA, Photography) in Pasadena, CA, Mr. Heller has been photographing for over 25 years. In addition to spending many years working in photo labs in both New York and Los Angeles, Mr. Heller has been a contributing photographer and/or a staff photographer for several newspapers and numerous publications in Los Angeles and New York City, and currently works as the Staff Photographer for the Sag Harbor Express. For a period of time, Mr. Heller also shot mug shots as a member of the N.Y.P.D. Photo Unit. Within the fire service, Mr. Heller has written and illustrated numerous articles for Firehouse Magazine and National Fire & Rescue Magazine, documenting the involvement of the fire service with such events as the Super Bowl, the Indianapolis 500, Spring Break in Panama City Beach, Florida, the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, and Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
In 1996, Mr. Heller formed 911 Pictures, a stock photography agency representing over 90 of the finest fire/police/rescue photographers in the country and abroad. 911 Pictures can be found on the World Wide Web at www.911pictures.com. In 2004, Mr. Heller published his first book, entitled The Resplendent Demon, which contains close to 80 pages of the finest fire scene photographs from the 911 Pictures collection of over 3,500 images. In 2009 he authored second book, Chariots of Firefighters: The History and Practice of Firematic Competition in New York State, after becoming actively involved in this rare and unusual sport.
Mr. Heller has been an active firefighter with Hook & Ladder Co. #1 of the East Hampton Fire Department for the past twenty years, and has been the Department Photographer. In 1992 he received the honor of Company Firefighter of the Year. He is an active member of the the F.D.N.Y. Fire Bell Club of New York, as well as a Past President of the International Fire Photographers Association. His photography honors include several First Place awards in the annual New York Press Association Better Newspaper Contest, the Grand Prize “Golden Firefighter Award” in the international photography “Bombero de Oro” (fire photography contest) given in Spain in 2004, and ten first-place trophies and numerous second- and third-place trophies in the annual IFPA photo contest over the last six years. On September 11th, Mr. Heller spent many hours at Ground Zero assisting with the rescue effort and making photographs that were significant for him personally as well as professionally.
In other, non-fire areas of photography, Mr. Heller continues to work as a photojournalist and documentary photographer. He has participated in and assisted with the renowned American Photo Trek Photography Workshops, and currently teaches photography part-time near his home. His other interests include computers, science fiction and travel.
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