Michael Crichton Photography is a Toronto-based duo of still life photographer Michael Crichton and his wife Leigh MacMillan, artist and stylist. Michael studied design and art history and then switched to photography. Leigh has a fine arts degree and studied art history and printmaking with a photography minor.
The duo works on various subjects but food is their main subject partly because they appreciate its emotional, and socio-cultural significance, as well as its narrative potential. Michael and Leigh shoot still life and conceptual food photography of advanced technical skill, beauty and sophistication. They are in creative dialogue with previous masters of still life bringing their own viewpoint to the genre with graphic, dynamic, sometimes surreal, compositions. Their conceptual shots include some very intriguing concepts, like the Rorschach-esque floor mop and squid, stories of spilled wine and leftovers, surreal takes of flying coffee or food captured mid-air.
Michael and Leigh make art out of simple objects and complex concepts. Their work is sought after by topnotch commercial and editorial clients, such as Capital One, Con Agra Foods, GQ Magazine, Kellogg’s, Leo Burnett, McDonald’s, Nutella, The Globe And Mail, and many others. The creative duo merges art photography with the demands of commercial photography beautifully. Besides, art does not necessarily have to be made for art’s sake. If, as Michael says, “inspiration is omnipresent”, so can be art.