Max was born in the spring of 1976 and has lived in the Pacific Northwest ever since. The son of two professors, Max naturally shied away from educational endeavors throughout his life. Despite a number of missed classes and hastily-written, last-minute papers, he somehow managed to come away from the University of Washington with some semblance of a degree. Ironically, he has come full circle and now enjoys teaching photography classes and leading workshops and tours.
For nearly two decades, Max has been photographing wildlife, travel and sports professionally. He is the most recent winner of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Black and White category, had the most commendations of any photographer in the 2017 Windland Smith Rice Awards, and is a two-time winner of the MalaMala Photographer of the Year competition. Max’s work has appeared in such publications as Africa Geographic and ESPN the Magazine, and has been displayed at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the Natural History Museum in London.
Max leads photo tours in the Pacific Northwest, Yellowstone and overseas, with a heavy emphasis on biodiversity and destinations that offer a variety of subject matter.