Miguel Farias

(b. 1969)



I received my first camera when I was eight. I took a Polaroid Land camera on a third-grade field trip to Point Reyes and fell in love with both nature and photography. I loved movies growing up. My next door neighbor worked in the movie industry and would teach me about filmmaking and the basic elements of photography.


As a boy scout, one of my scoutmasters taught me more about photography so by high school, I learned how to use the darkroom and decided I wanted to pursue photography as a career. I worked in as many different areas as I could to learn as much as I could, from a camera store, to photo labs, to assisting a portrait photographer for four years, before returning to school to earn my BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. There I studied with Jack Fulton, Linda Connor, Reagan Louie, Pirkle Jones and Hank Wessel. I loved my experience at SFAI.


Growing up mostly influenced by pop culture, animation, science fiction and punk rock, my exposure to photography and the art world was limited. It wasn't until after high school that I was introduced to contemporary artists and fine art photographers.  As San Francisco Bay Area native, my work is informed by the multicultural perspective of the region, particularly the aesthetics of the Pacific Rim. My photographs have been shown internationally and are in a number of private and corporate collections.



See more of Miguel's work at miguelfarias.com