Michael P. Berman was born in New York City and went west to Colorado College where he studied biology and worked with Peregrine Falcons. He lives in Southwestern New Mexico, and is a founder of the Gila Resources Information Project. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008 to photograph the remnant grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert. In 2009 the University of Texas Austin published “Trinity” the third book of the border trilogy The History of the Future with the writer Charles Bowden.
His photographs are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Amon Carter and the Museum of New Mexico. He has received painting Fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Wurlitzer Foundation, and grants for his environmental and photographic work from the McCune and Lannan Foundations. He is currently working on his sixth book in the Sierra San Luis in Northern Mexico.