Michael Barrientos is a photographer and educator based in Guayaquil, Ecuador. In 1993, he began his journalism career in Central California working as a news writer but switched to photography and has worked on newspaper staffs across the United States including the San Antonio Express-News, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and The New York Times. He was a stringer for The Associated Press covering the U.S./Mexico border in Texas and began his current freelance career in Portugal in 2005 as a contract photographer for Corbis. He was based in Washington, DC from 2010 to 2013 and Mozambique from 2007 to 2010.
His work has appeared in a number of publications including The New York Times, The International Tribune, USA Today, MSNBC and The Independent Magazine. His non-editorial clients range from corporate institutions such as Barclays and Osram to non-profit organizations such as Save the Children, The International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), The HALO Trust, Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emory University and Columbia University.
Barrientos is a 1993 graduate of California State University Fullerton and in was awarded a master’s degree in documentary photography and photojournalism in 2009 from London College of Communication. He is currently a professor at Universidade Casa Grande in Guayaquil and is represented by Polaris Images.