Lawyer, photographer, adventurer, traveller, journalist and budding musician; this is Brian Michaels. Brian’s passion for photography began in his early teens as did his passion for music and later the law. Instead of following the artist’s path, Brian chose a profession in the law. He spent 8 years working as a Prosecutor in Los Angeles and as a Civil Rights attorney for the Los Angeles Police Department.
Michaels grew up in the culturally diverse West Hollywood area of Los Angeles, which was a mecca for music in the 1970s and 80s when he was growing up. He began attending live music events on the Sunset Strip when he was 14 years old.
Brian’s love for photography grew out of his obsession for travel. He began travelling in earnest in his early 30s well into his professional career as an attorney. He has travelled most of Western and parts of Eastern Europe. His early travels took him to Europe’s hot spots like Paris and Rome but later moved to the less beaten path when he visited post war Bosnia, Croatia and Montenegro. Brian continued off the beaten path and has now travelled to more than 50 countries on 5 continents.
His first photographic niche was travel photography which he exhibits widely on this website. Some of Michaels favorite destinations are the more exotic and remote and have included Myanmar, Cuba, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, El Salvador, the West Bank, and many other less travelled destinations. Michaels prefers the freedom and adventure of solo travel and pushes himself to go to places most other would not venture alone and finds the richest travel experiences are the ones he spends in solitude on the road.
A passionate student of world history, Michaels travels are often guided by his pursuit of history. Before travelling he immerses himself in the history of the region he is about to discover. Michaels most rewarding photographic experience was also a quasi-journalistic trip. He attended and was a guest at the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landings at the Normandy Beaches in June 2004 where he interviewed and photographed the men of the greatest generation who stormed those same beaches 60 years earlier.
Discovered through social media, Michaels was tapped by a Los Angeles Arts and Music magazine and asked to contribute photography for his life’s other great love; Rock and Roll. Over the course of the last two years Michaels has photographed an astounding number of some of the greatest musical acts of our time, including “The Who” “The Beach Boys” “Van Halen” “The Red Hot Chili Peppers” “Patti Smith” “Robert Plant” “Heart” “X”, “Social Distortion” “Eddie Vedder” “Bryan Ferry” and many more. Michaels now contributes images and journalistic pieces to several music and culture magazines in Southern California.
He shoots with Sony Cameras and is also a budding Bass Guitar Player. When he is not pursuing his many interests he practices criminal defense and has had his own Century City based practice since 2002 and can be found on the web at www.exlaprosecutor.com