Michael, who was born in Germany, began his career assisting fashion and beauty photographer Wolfgang Klein. In 1978, he moved to Paris and embarked on his own photography career. Michael is known for his sophisticated use of light and his ability to capture the individual loveliness of his subjects, whether they’re models or real people. “You have to see the beauty in the girl,” he says. “I think everybody can be beautiful.” Michael’s portfolio ranges from ad campaigns celebrating natural beauty to glossy, sexy product still lifes and rapturous hair shots, with clients spanning every major beauty brand in the world, including Clairol, L’Oreal, Clarins Paris, and Nivea.