Bernhard Michaelis

Bernhard Michaelis’ photography is inspired by his intimate relationship with the magnificent land and native cultures of the southwest. His life’s work spans decades, throughout all seasons, where he has been immersed in off the beaten path of desert landscapes and remote wilderness of the southwest. His career as an educator took him to Hopi, Navajo, Ute and White Mountain Apache Reservation. He has also worked in Supai, a Havasupai village, at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He lives in Northern Arizona in a solar powered house off the grid. His home is situated in a peaceful, remote area, below the rim of a crater where he enjoys a 100 mile view in each direction. Photography was his tool of choice to create curriculum material for on Reservation Navajo schools. This resulted in a series of 50 plus posters of significant places, public buildings, traditional activities, historic locations and landscapes in Diné Bikéyah (Navajoland). In addition he has incorporated his photography designing CD covers for Cool Runnings Music, a native music store and recording studio, for 15 years. Bernhard has published several books, illustrated with his photography, including a traditional Navajo recipes book which features his photographs.