Michael Muraz is an international award-winning architecture photographer, bringing technical precision and creative passion to his fine art and commercial work. Based in Toronto, Michael travels extensively, exploring cities and buildings with his camera. He creates emotionally stirring images that celebrate the most engaging details of the spaces he shoots.
Michael was born in France and originally trained to be an engineer. While studying abroad, he began to teach himself the technical aspects of photography simply to improve his own travel snapshots. He soon fell in love with photography as an artform and with architecture as a subject matter, discovering a craft that satisfies both his analytical and artistic sensibilities.
Architecture + Photography
Michael’s work is built on the belief that architecture and photography are deeply linked. Both are about light and space, both are a combination of artistry and technology.
The earliest known photograph is of a building, and now, in the age of social media, photography has become an important part of architectural experience. We often encounter images of new buildings before we see the real thing.
Photographs have the power to shape how a building is understood: light can change the mood, composition creates a sense of scale and context, an empty space can be made ominous or inviting. Michael’s images ask viewers to take a fresh look, revealing captivating details and angles they might otherwise miss.
Before / After
When appropriate, Michael uses advanced lighting techniques to enhance the interior design or the architecture of your space.
Michael's high-end retouching is a key part of his process to obtain the final images. The two examples below illustrate his skills to remove or introduce objects in his clients' images.
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Diamond Schmitt Architects
Hariri Pontarini Architects
Oxford Properties Group
The Walsh Group
The HIDI Group
Christian Dior Couture
Piaget North America
Cushman & Wakefield
The House of Commons
John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture
One King West Hotel
Lukas Design Interiors
Claude Cormier + Associés
Michael’s work has been published in various magazines and websites:
Canadian Architect - January 2019 Issue "Riding The Rocket" - Highway 407 Station
Phaidon - "Destination Art" Book - Calder's La Grand Vitesse
Architectural Record - "Daniels Building by NADAAA" - Daniels Faculty of Architecture
Office Snapshots - Lunding Mining Offices
Azure Magazine - September 2018 Cover - SQ Condos
Wood Industry - "Prosperity over the Horizon" - Aerial view of Mississauga
Spacing Magazine - "City Within A Park" - Trillium Park
The Cayman Marshall Toronto Collection - "The Rose of Forest Hill Village" and Cover - Private residences
The Globe And Mail - "How Women's College Hospital is transforming care for women's cancers"
Archdaily - "Albion Library / Perkins+Will Canada"
Canadian Facility Management & Design - "CIBC Mellon adds Mississauga office"
HIMSS magazine - Humber River Hospital
Canadian Architect - "Environmental Sciences Building opens at University of Toronto Scarborough"
Diamond Schmitt Architects - "A new kind of lab opens at University of Toronto"
Michael has received a number of international awards for both his commercial and fine art work:
Finalist for Best in Class for Architecture at the National Image Competition of the Professional Photographers of Canada.
Image "Fade Out" included in the 2018 Loan Collection of the Professional Photographers of Canada.
Honorable Mention in the Architecture category for the series “White” – Prix de la Photographie de Paris
Honorable Mention in the Architecture category for the image “Light Wave” – Prix de la Photographie de Paris
Honorable Mention in the Architecture category for the image "Flamingo" – Prix de la Photographie de Paris
Gold Medal in the Landscape category for the series “Empreintes” – Prix de la Photographie de Paris
2nd Place in Architecture: Building for the series “Ismaili Centre” – International Photography Awards
Bronze Award in Built Environment for “Loving You” from the series "Empreintes" – Epson International Pano Awards
Bronze Award in Built Environment for “Passing Time" from the series "Empreintes" – Epson International Pano Awards
Bronze Award in Built Environment for “Standing Tall” from the series "Empreintes" – Epson International Pano Awards
Bronze Award in Built Environment for “Killing Softly” from the series "Empreintes" – Epson International Pano Awards
Michael is an active member of the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC). He is a nationally-accredited architectural photographer by PPOC. This means that he has “reached a nationally accepted standard of proficiency and knowledge in photographic arts” and that he has demonstrated his “capability of delivering image excellence” in architecture photography, which it sets him apart “as being an industry leader”.