Once an aspiring chef, Michael Harlan Turkell is now photographer and journalist, but his work hasn’t taken him far from the professional kitchen. As former photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan, Turkell’s award-winning “Back of the House” series captured the inner workings of kitchens and appeared in the magazines from 2006 to 2011.
Along the way he’s been nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award in Visual Storytelling, included in 25 Under 25: Up-and-Coming American Photographers V2, (PowerHouse Books), received a Photo District News Photo Annual Award, and has had his photos printed in an array of publications and cookbooks. A master of his medium, Turkell also hosts a show on HeritageRadioNetwork.org called THE FOOD SEEN, which he brings together guests working at the intersections of food and art.
Within his extensive professional cannon, Turkell has photographed the The New Brooklyn Cookbook, Clinton Street Baking Co.’s cookbook, Simple Food, Big Flavor, with Chef Aarón Sanchez, Beginnings by Chris Cosentino of Incanto, Jam On cookbook, and 2009 StarChefs.com Rising Star Joanne Chang’s Flour Too, slated to publish in the spring of 2013. Turkell lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his in-house sommelier girlfriend and a cat that has a beer named after it (Sixpoint Craft Ales’ Masons Black Wheat).