Born in Tokyo in 1969, Michael Cockerham was raised in Japan, the UK and New York. Educated primarily in the Rudolf Steiner system, he read economics at University College London, graduating with second class honours in 1992.
A serendipitous encounter with coach thieves in Northern Italy in 1988 precipitated a life-long obsession with photography.
Entirely self-trained, Michael Cockerham has 20 years’ experience as a professional photographer, with a practice that spans commercial, social and editorial imaging.
As a commercial photographer Michael’s client list includes the Marine Stewardship Council, the Bourne Group, C3i (Metropolitan Police), Burson-Marstellar, Houlihan Lokey, Charles Barker BSMG Worldwide, Greggs of Twickenham, Primary Insurance Group, Samsung Heavy Industries, and the Humberts Group to name a few.
As a social photographer Michael Cockerham has shot over six hundred weddings, not to mention countless portraits, christenings, events, babies, animals, makeovers…His distinctive style and easy manner with clients has resulted in wedding bookings throughout the UK and into Europe and the United States, with many bookings being made years in advance.
His work has been published in newspapers and periodicals around the world, and can be found in the permanent collections of the British Library, the Bodleian Library, the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, and the libraries of Cambridge University and Trinity College Dublin. His fine art prints are held in many private and commercial collections, and his work has been exhibited in a number of group and solo exhibitions in the UK.
In October 2008 Michael Cockerham became the first photographer in history to get a newspaper by-line in orbit, when Richard Garriott took a special issue of the Metro Newspaper (containing Michael’s photograph and by-line, and later verified as the first newspaper in space) to the International Space Station aboard Soyuz TMA-13. The paper is now on permanent loan to the British National Space Centre in Leicester.
Michael is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, and has previously been Chairman of the Royal Photographic Society’s Visual Journalism Group and the photography coordinator for UK Skills. A firm advocate of assisting others develop an understanding of the power of photography, Michael Cockerham routinely offers work experience placements, and is a mentor for the Ideas Foundation and Venture Thinking, providing young people with the opportunity to unleash their latent creative talents.
He lives with his wife and three sons in Kent, and is available for assignments worldwide.