Michael Childers, born in North Carolina, attended the UCLA Film School where he directed student films and began his photography career by studying with Robert Heineken and Edmund Teske. 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 Joffrey Ballet, the Royal Ballet, and the Alvin Ailey Dance Company. He also co-authored the book, Bejart: The World of Dance.
In 2003, Palm Springs Art Museum presented a forty-year retrospective of Michael’s work titled Icons and Legends: The Photography of Michael Childers. The three-month show was enjoyed by more than 55,000 visitors. Michael received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Hollywood Photography from the Provincetown Film Festival that same year. In 2014 Other exhibitions have been hosted at Harvard University, Yale University’s Beinecke Library, Yale University’s Center of British Art, LACMA, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Art and Sciences Library in Beverly Hills.