I only recently met Michael at a South Pasadena Arts Council membership drive. We talked about photography, about the importance of art in everyday life, about how technology was shaking things up and how fun it was to be a part of it.
I wish I'd been fortunate to have more than one conversation with him.
My heart goes out to his wife Margo and their family, and also to the many, many others who loved him. He will be missed.
You can read the obituary at LA Times here.
You can see Michael's beautiful work here. UPDATE April 4: Michael's website appears to have been taken offline. If I learn of an online collection, I will link to it. His portraits are spectacular.
UPDATE April 4:
Patch has a lovely tribute to Michael here.