Michael Coyne who is based in Hong Kong, has worked on assignments and appeared in magazines such as: Newsweek, Life, Time, National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian, German Geo, French Geo, Paris Match, Madame Figaro, London Observe Magazine, London Independent Magazine, Travel Holiday, and Vogue.
Michael spent eight years in the Middle East documenting the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, the Iranian revolution, Iran/Iraq war and was the last western photographer to photograph Ayatollah Khomeini before his death.
He has had a number of successful books published of his work including: Numurkah Lakes & Roses, Second Spring – The Regeneration of the Jesuits, The Oz Factor, A World of Australians, Contemporary Photographer: Australia – MICHAEL COYNE, The Jew called Jesus, Tour of Duty – East Timor, Lonely Planet – People Photography, How To be A Child and Armageddon.
Michael has worked many Day In The Life type book projects as a photographer. He has had a number of solo and combined exhibitions in America, Hong Kong, Argentina, New Zealand and Australia. His photographs are also held in collections in Washington, New York, San Francisco, Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Hong Kong, London and Rome.
His awards include: American National Press Photographers Association, Overseas Press Club of America, Children’s Book of the Year, The Religious Book of the Year. In April 2003 Michael was awarded the Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for Services to Photography. In 2007 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the AIPP for services to Australian photography. He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (by Publication) from Griffith University in October 2008. Dr. Michael Coyne was granted the title of “Adjunct Professor” of RMIT University in October 2008.
Michael Coyne has had three documentaries filmed about him and a play, A Letter to My Daughter, was written about his life and work.
Michael has been contracted to the New York Photo agency, Black Star for over twenty years.