If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera

Lewis Hine


Shawn Michienzi is an award-winning advertising and editorial photographer whose work has been featured in everything from Cannes to Communication Arts. After starting his career in San Francisco, Shawn migrated to Minneapolis in 1990 where he established himself as one of the premier commercial photographers in the country with national campaigns for Lee Jeans, Harley Davidson, Porsche, and Gibson Guitars.

Since then Shawn has gone on to shoot prominent advertising campaigns for Volkswagen, BMW, United Airlines, Progressive Insurance, Kodak, Absolut, Subaru, M&M's, Dunkin Donuts, IBM and Miller Brewing.

Shawn has won numerous awards with an equally impressive list of agencies, including a 2007 Cannes Gold Lion for his work on Snickers with TBWA Chiat Day. His work has been recognized by The Cannes International Advertising Festival (Gold, Silver, and Bronze), The One Show, The Kelly Awards, The Art Directors Club and the The Clio's. His images have been featured in Communication Arts Photo Annual, PDN Photo Annual, Graphis, Creativity and Archive to name a few.  

Shawn is currently based in Los Angeles where he continues to be inspired by the collaborative process of working with agency creatives.