Michael Pugh, an Indiana native, began his photographic career in Lorain, Ohio after attending the University of Southern Indiana.
United Press International recognized the photographer's works while in Ohio and offered him a staff position in the Atlanta division headquarters. Covering major news and sporting events and having his images transmitted world wide on a daily bases, Pugh's assignment resume grew. His image of the first launch of the space shuttle "Columbia" clearing pad 39A on April 12, 1981, fronted the majority of newspapers around the world including the New York Times the following day.
After 9-years with UPI Michael launched his own business . Seeing a need for the transmission of photography in the corporate field, he was soon being assigned to shoots around the world. Assignments include 8-Olympic Games, Calgary, Albertville, Barcelona, Lillehammer, Atlanta, Nagano, Sydney and Salt Lake on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company. His coverage of 8-Olympic Torch Relays, include the complete 82-day Atlanta Olympic Torch Relay and 62-day Salt Lake City Olympic Torch Relay.
In the field of sporting events Michael has covered the majority of them including the Masters, World Series, Super Bowls, NCAA championships and World Cup. Many of these assignments where on behalf of corporate sponsors. In his corporate media relations coverage, Pugh has been assigned to shoots in India, Norway, Austria, France, Germany, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Italy, Greece and the former USSR. In 1996, Pugh accompanied Mr. Billy Payne, President, The Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games to Olympia, Greece to photograph the lighting of the Olympic Flame for the XXVI Olympiad. During the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympic Games, Pugh made the official portraits of each of the Medal winners following the medal presentation ceremonies.
He has also had the privilege of photographing 6-US Presidents during private and public ceremonies in Washington and Atlanta. He was assigned to travel to Pretoria, South Africa for a documentation shoot with President Nelson Mandela and a high-ranking executive soon after President Mandela took office.
Michael has received numerous awards from organizations such as United Press International, The Associated Press, Atlanta Press Photographers Association, Ohio News Photographers Association, the NFL and Ilford Incorporated. Pugh has been named Georgia Photographer of the Year 3-times. He received the Special Recognition Award for outstanding achievements in career presented by Dr. David Rice, President , The University of Southern Indiana.
Michael is married to his high school sweetheart, Linda and between them they have 4-childern. The couple live along the shores of Lake Lanier outside of Atlanta.