TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION
Artist Hall of Fame Inductee
North Carolina, Michael Childers attended the UCLA Film School
where he directed student films and began his photography career
by studying with Robert Heineken and Edmund Teske.
created the mixed media work for the record-breaking run of the
hit off-Broadway musical "Oh! Calcutta!" for Kenneth
Tynan. It was Tynan who subsequently invited Michael to work for
Sir Laurence Olivier's National Theater in London. He remains
the only American photographer invited to photograph productions
at the National Theater. He went on to become a founding photographer
for Andy Warhol's Interview and After Dark magazines.
For Dance magazine, he produced many covers including
those featuring the Joffrey Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and the
Alvin Ailey Dance Company as well as co-authored a book Bejart:
The World of Dance.
From his Melrose Avenue and Venice Beach studios Childers photographed
over 200 magazine covers including GQ, New York, TV Guide,
Esquire, Los Angeles, Elle, Paris Match, Life, London Sunday Times
Magazine, and both English and Italian Vogue. He
created more than 100 film posters for major motion picture studios
and worked as a special photographer on dozens of films including
Grease, Marathon Man, The Year of Living Dangerously, Coal
Miner1s Daughter, Pennies from Heaven, The Terminator, Hammett,
Torch Song Trilogy, Endless Love and The Champ.
Childers' celebrated portraits include not only "Icons and
Legends;" however. In the mid-1990s and reaching into the
early 2000s, Michael was the west coast correspondent for Elle
Décor. His stunning architectural and interior photographs
from this period added to his illustrious career.
Michael has been involved in fundraising events for AIDS service
organizations, foundations for the performing arts, and film organizations
since 1989. In Los Angeles, Santa Fe, New York, and Palm Springs,
events he has founded or helped produce have raised over twelve
million dollars for these worthy causes. In 2003 he co-produced
The Palm Springs Internetional Film Festival and in Los
Angeles he also co-produced the BAFTA [British Academy
of Film and Television Artists] Britannia Awards with
Russell Crowe, Peter Weir, Angela Lansbury, Hugh Grant, Sandra
Bullock, Alan Cumming, Robin Williams and Billy Connelly.
Michael's work is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert
Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Marion
Museum of Photographic Studies in Santa Fe, the University of
California Riverside photographic collections, the Palm Springs
Desert Museum photographic collection, the Chiat Day Collection
in Santa Monica, The Palm Springs Desert Museum, the Lincoln Center
Library of Performing Arts in New York, and the Laguna Art Museum.