A photographer, artist, and community connector. Michael is the Owner/Photographer of Michael Dantzler Photography, where he specializes in portrait, documentary and fine art photography. From a very young age, Michael has always had an uncanny ability to study various towns and cities internationally crafting best practices for his home turf.

Currently, he is focusing on creating a healthy, dense arrangement of small businesses and creative community for talent retention in his hometown, Eastover. Recently, he has been contracted by the Town of Eastover in creating a monthly newsletter and engaging the town’s social media presence.  Plus, he has recently kicked-off community initiative, Get Involved Lower Richland to stir community engagement by spotlighting makers, farmers, artists, leaders, and business owners in the interconnected Lower Richland area.

In 2016, he was awarded the Leo Twiggs Arts Leadership Award and Riley Institute Diversity Scholarship for his community garden efforts in starting up the Eastover Community Garden. Michael is a native South Carolinian with deep roots in the Midlands, particularly rural Eastover and Columbia.