Michael Maddaloni was born in New Jersey in 1984 to his father, a professional photographer, and his mother school teacher. His fondest memories are those trips he took with his family across the country, watching his father capture images with his Hasselblad Film Camera that would some day be award winning fine art photos. These photos are celebrated throughout the professional photographic community but most importantly to Michael these same images were hanging on the walls in the rooms and hallways of his home which he would pass through every day of his life.
When he became of age, Michael accompanied his father on countless photographic trips and assisted him in dozens of professional portrait shoots and hundreds of weddings. Michael even served as a model for many of his father’s award-winning period photographs. And so, the photographic eye of renowned Master Photographer and American Society of Photographers Fellow Anthony Patrick Maddaloni was passed on to his son, Michael, who is following in his father’s footsteps, but this time with digital photography as well as film.
Michael’s photographic career essentially began on the morning of September 11 as he and his father trekked against the flow of traffic toward New York City with film cameras and new Kodak DCS560 Digital Camera. More adept with film, Anthony Maddaloni handed off this piece of equipment which was as foreign to the beginner Michael as it was to the more seasoned Anthony. While his father insisted upon being let out in the New Jersey Meadowlands, Michael, however, went even further on to view the event and take photos from the Hudson River. And so, Michael became inextricably connected with September 11 and had framed his work behind the camera, in his writing, and in his filmmaking, quite often disaster and tragedy will affect all that enter his creative world. Never forgetting the toll the greatest disaster of our time took on his friends, family, neighbors, and fellow Americans, Michael has become most interested in telling sides of stories that are often overlooked. But also the natural dichotomy of defeat and success, the synergy between two opposite forces; the celebration of the indomitable spirit of Americans and mankind to look forward, pick up the broken pieces, and make a better world for each other and future generations.
As you will see throughout this website, Michael is an avid student of American history, especially the Civil War and The Plains Wars of the 19th century. Reading countless books and talking to dozens of historians on the subject, Michael has become a wellspring of both Civil War and Plains Wars knowledge, especially with regards to the battle of the Little Big Horn. He will be the first to say, with a solemn heart that he has taken some of the most breathtaking photos ever seen of the Battlefield and other places once important to General Custer, and American Military History. Making numerous trips to American battlefields ranging from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Montana, his collection, mostly in black and white, grows every few months, slowly into an anthology of sorts of American Civil War, Plains Wars, and military tributes.
Michael is also an expert at time-lapse photography with a concentration on short-term time lapse with camera motions on tracks. This type of time-lapse photography is a specialty that has produced hundreds of amazingly enthralling and dramatic works of film; he dubs these specific time lapses near sunrise and sunset the “fireworks of nature” and being able to show the world those fireworks in 10 seconds or less has become an art form to him.
Michael Maddaloni is currently a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America) under his studio name Photo Tranquility. He is a staple at the Hoboken Art Festival every spring and fall, has had his work featured in news and print, and has been honored with nearly a dozen high honors and two Loan Collection prints for PPA’s International Photo Competition which appear in print. Also considering being recognized by his peers for the merits of his work, he is a 5,000+ Individual Peer Award recipient at ViewBug.com.