Misha Friedman was born in Moldova and graduated with degrees from Binghamton University (1997) and London School of Economics (2000), where he studied economics and Russian politics. He worked in finance in New York, and after 9/11 switched careers to volunteer as a project manager at Medecins Sans Frontiers while teaching himself photography. Since 2009, photography has become his profession. He was associated with Cosmos Photo Agency 2011 - 2018, and is now represented by Getty Images.
Misha regularly collaborates with leading international media and non-profit organizations. A 2021 Pulitzer Prize finalist, his widely-exhibited work has received numerous industry awards, including several Pictures of the Year (POYi). He has five monographs; his 2022 upcoming book Santa Barbara is co-authored with Ragnar Kjartansson. Misha lives in New York City.
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