Born in Wyandotte, Michigan, Michael began photographing in high school. He did not realize his calling to photography however, until the later years of his college life. Michael is a graduate of Western Michigan University (where he earned a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Audio Visual Media) and Wayne State University (M.A. in Photography).
He began working as a medical photographer in a Detroit area community hospital immediately after completing his degree. He continued this work for the next sixteen years and became an active member in the community of art and photography. He has owned an art gallery devoted to photography, has been an adjunct professor at many local universities, and has continually worked on personal photographic projects.
At the age of forty, Sarnacki became a free-lance photographer and his work has appeared in many newspapers, magazines, annual reports, and corporate publications. His photographs have been featured in dozens of exhibitions, and his work is part of the permanent photographic collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is currently working on a personal project in Sri Lanka.
Thankful for a long and active professional and artistic life in photography, and honored to be friends and colleagues with such accomplished and gifted photographers, Michael Sarnacki agreed to serve as the executive director of Detroit Focus 2000. He remains the current director of Detroit Focus.