Montreal-born Michael Slobodian graduated from Concordia University, Montreal, with a BA in Communication Studies and shortly thereafter became a studio assistant and manager for a commercial photographer. He has been a professional photographer working in Montreal since 1984. He has developed a commercial practice shooting for advertising agencies, record companies, and direct clients as well as portraits, and his love of dance has led him to work with many dancers and companies in Canada and abroad.
His work has been published nationally and internationally in commercial brochures, magazines, posters, books, and websites. He has exhibited his dance images at various venues in Canada and abroad, and his work has been described as having a romantic, poetic quality.
For Slobodian, the ideal dance image articulates the explosive quality of the motion and the physical intensity of the dancer, but above all else, it documents with conviction the fierce commitment of these artists. Equally at ease in the studio or on the set, he prefers the excitement of live performance in which compositional questions must be resolved quickly, under less-than-perfect conditions. He continues to work in the commercial photography field and pursue his love of the dance image.