Michael Cirlos is a professional photographer and videographer in Downtown San Antonio specializing in visual storytelling and events. He is currently the staff photographer for Centro San Antonio and has been working professionally in Downtown San Antonio since 2012. Michael is also a FAA Certified Commercial Drone Pilot.

Michael discovered photography in 2006 when he relocated to Hua Hin, Thailand from San Antonio to study International Relations at Webster University. After two years of studying in Southeast Asia, Michael received an academic scholarship to continue his education in The Netherlands where he practiced street photography. Michael graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2010 and later founded Humans of San Antonio, a photojournalism project inspired by “Humans of New York” to promote the visual story of downtown San Antonio. This five year body of work became a book published by Trinity Univeristy Press in the summer of 2018.

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In 2015, Michael studied under Rick Loomis at the Mountain Workshops, a pulitzer prize award winning photojournalist of the L.A Times. The Mountain Workshops is one of the best visual storytelling programs in the nation and has a reputation of pushing the creative limits of photographers and videographers.

2015 Mountain Workshops’ graduating class.

2015 Mountain Workshops’ graduating class.

Migrant workers in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Cirlos studying under Rick Loomis at the Mountain Workshops in 2015.

Migrant workers in Frankfort, Kentucky. Photo by Michael Cirlos studying under Rick Loomis at the Mountain Workshops in 2015.

Michael’s photography has appeared in TEDx San Antonio, Kens 5, San Antonio Express News, Univision 41, The Lake Front, Culture Co-Op of NBC Universal, Skyline Magazine, and has featured work with The Texas Observer. Michael is recipient of the Awesome SA Community Award, and has given photography talks at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, Our Lady of the Lake University, Pecha Kucha San Antonio, and UTSA. Michael also taught photography workshops at the Henry Ford Academy Alameda School of Art and Design and at Fox Tech High School in downtown San Antonio.

Michael’s Photography Workshop at Fox Tech High School in 2018. Trinity University sponsored Humans of San Antonio books for the photojournalism class.

Michael’s Photography Workshop at Fox Tech High School in 2018. Trinity University sponsored Humans of San Antonio books for the photojournalism class.

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Photography Workshop by Michael Cirlos with Henry Ford Academy Alameda School of Art and Design photography students in 2016.

Photography Workshop by Michael Cirlos with Henry Ford Academy Alameda School of Art and Design photography students in 2016.

Michael’s latest photography exhibition titled, “Centuries of Immigration” is an interactive story collage that combines San Antonio history, poetry, and street stories from the Humans of San Antonio book. Stop by The Briscoe Western Art Museum on Tuesdays for free admission! For more information, feel free to contact @ mcirlos@gmail.com.

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Humans of San Antonio Gallery Exhibition at Peacock Alley 2019

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mcirlos@gmail.com | 210-908-1912


Select Exhibitions:  

  • Carver Community Cultural Center | January 2014

  • K23 Gallery | September 2014

  • Lullwood Gallery | September 2014

  • Southwest School of Art | January 2015

  • FOTOSEPTIEMBRE High Wire Arts Gallery | September 2015

  • AP Art Gallery | January 2016

  • Central Public Library Photography Exhibition | August 2017

  • Rosella Coffee Shop Humans of San Antonio Book Launch | June 2018

  • Briscoe Western Art Museum Centuries of Immigration Photography Exhibition | July 2018

  • Peacock Alley Public Art Exhibition | March 2019

Clients:  

  • Centro San Antonio

  • Culture Co-Op

  • Red Bull

  • EPIcenter

  • The Rivard Report

  • City of San Antonio DAC

  • City of San Antonio WHO

  • Key Ideas

  • San Antonio Book Festival

  • Trinity University

  • Teach For America

  • San Antonio Cocktail Conference


Press and Acknowledgments

Texas Book Festival Featured Author | October 2018

San Antonio Book Festival Featured Author | April 2019

KSAT 12 | April 2019

Photojournalist showcases diversity in SA through 'Humans of San Antonio'

SA Express News | March 2019

Humans of San Antonio movement becomes a downtown mural

Fox San Antonio | May 2018

Local photographer gets ready for release of 'Humans of San Antonio'

News 4 SA | June 2018

'Humans of San Antonio' book showcases stories of citizens

UTSA The Paisano | January 2019

Becoming San Antonio

San Antonio Magazine | June 2018

Documenting Humans of San Antonio

San Antonio Heron | April 2019

Michael Cirlos’ Peacock Alley mural shows the extraordinariness of ordinary people

Texas Public Radio | March 2019

Art Struts Day and Night In Peacock Alley - Jack Morgan

KENS 5 | September 2018

'Humans of San Antonio' photographer tells his own story

SA Current Featured Artist | June 2018

Passing Strangers: Photographer Michael Cirlos Builds a Portrait of Downtown with Humans of San Antonio

KENS 5 | December 2014

      Interview by Bailey McGowan – The man behind Humans of San Antonio

Local Community News | August 2013

      Interview by Gianna Rendon – ‘Humans of San Antonio’ chronicles downtown life

Sombrilla – University of Texas at San Antonio Magazine | 2015 

      Interview by Michelle Mondo – Building a Sense of Community

San Antonio Express-News | June 10, 2014

      Interview by René A. Guzman – Everyday San Antonians, extraordinary photos

San Antonio Express-News | May 30, 2014

      Interview in The Downtown Blog by Benjamin Olivio – Humans of S.A. captures the street, its inhabitants 

The Paisano – University of Texas at San Antonio | October 2013

      Interview by Rebecca Conjejo – Connecting the City One Photo at a Time

The Post Planner | 2014

      Feature by Aaron Lee – 17 “Humans of” Facebook Pages You Should Like & Follow

The Rivard Report | November 2013

      Interview by Iris Dimmick – Human Awareness Day

Trinity University, Skyline Magazine | Spring 2016

 

- ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS -

Humans of San Antonio Book | June 2018

Author of photojournalism

Great Day SA Show | July 2018

Author of Humans of San Antonio book

SA Living Show | July 2018

Author of Humans of San Antonio book

San Antonio Current | August 2018

Featured Artist and Cover Story

Dreamweek San Antonio | January 2015 & 2016

Featured Artist

Choose SA | 2016

Selected Cultural Ambassador by City of San Antonio 2016 for SXSW 2016

Selected Artist

City of San Antonio OPEN POP UP | December 2014 & 2015

Selected Artist

City of SA DCCD Artist of the Month | October 2015

     Selected Artist

Mountain Workshops – School of Photojournalism | October 2015

      Accepted Participant

Awesome SA Award | July 2014

      Selected Artist

The University of Texas at San Antonio | 2014

      Selected Presenter in photojournalism 

Our Lady of the Lake University | 2014

      Presenter in photojournalism 

Briscoe Western Art Museum | 2013

      Presenter in photojournalism 

PechaKucha San Antonio Volume 15 | September 2014  

      Presenter in photojournalism