About Mike

Mike stares. He’s a starer. A natural people watcher. When he was little, the other kids told him, “Take a picture. It’ll last longer!” So he said, “Good idea.”

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Now a visual storyteller, Mike uses his attention span, vision, and wit to express a visual commentary on life in America. He makes photos sometimes for humor, sometimes for advocacy, but always as a conversation starter. Mike recently published ‘New York in June’ (Les Carnets Street, 2018), a small zine of street photography. He has been an Artist in Residence at 202Creates, focused on crafting images on behalf of nonprofits, amplifying the impact of their programs for fundraising. 

Mike is also Managing Director at Focus on The Story, an independent, nonpartisan, non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, that supports and encourages photographers of diverse backgrounds to use visual storytelling to bring attention to critical issues, bridge cultural gaps and spark social change.

In 2014, Mike received a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from Harvard University. He was then COO of freeCodeCamp (501c3), a nonprofit that has taught millions of people how to code, for free.

He finds great pleasure in giving more than he takes.

For general inquiries and collaborations:

mike@mikejettphotography.com