Michael McGowan Biography

 
Photography Credits
  • Sports Illustrated
  • Sports Illustrated For Kids
  • USA Today
  • National Enquirer
  • Repeatedly featured in all worldwide skydiving publications (including Skydiving and Parachutist)
  • Featured in various sport aviation magazines
        Other Career Milestones
  • World Champion Skysurfing photographer (1993)
  • Vice World Champion Freestyle photographer (1994)
  • Filmed and documented numerous world parachuting records, to include the 2002 300-way formation skydiving record set over Eloy, AZ
  • Shot, produced and edited 5 acclaimed skydiving videos distributed worldwide
  • Pioneered air-to-air video technique for use in training as well as judging competitive freefall events
  • Contracted to give seminars internationally on the topic of freefall photography and videography to such clients including the U.S. Navy Seal Team, U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and the Australian Parachute Club of Sydney
  • Mike received USPA's Gold Medal for Meritorious Service (2004)
 
        Background
  • Began skydiving in 1964, first experience with freefall photography in 1966
  • First cover photo published in October 1985, Parachutist
  • Over 11,000 skydives
  • 170+ hours of accumulated freefall time
  • FAA-Rated Master Parachute Rigger
  • Student Pilot
 
        Future Goals
  • Publish a hardbound collection of his own photography
  • Pursue a career in graphic arts