Mr. Pfister began his journalism career as a reporter in Switzerand where he grew up. He then created and produced multimedia projects, round table discussions, festivals, conferences as well as working in culture management at the British Council, the Swiss Arts Council and Swiss Music Export, both domestically and internationally.
At Lucerne-based Swiss journalism school, MAZ, Mr. Pfister studied photo editing before taking position at media publishing companies and photojournalism agencies, where he worked with journalists and photographers across the globe including winners of the Pulitzer Prize and World Press Photo Awards. Later, as international photo editor he commissioned work from reporters and photographers around the world.
As part of the 6th Triennial of Photography Hamburg 2015 Micheal Pfister has selected six international photographers and invited them to share their vision of the medium’s future as subjective image for the exhibition THE FUTURE’S NOT OURS TO SEE: Kalpesh Lathigra, Regine Petersen, Katja Stuke & Oliver Sieber, Niina Vatanen and Ramon Haindl.
Mr. Pfister has also held workshops to train photojournalists in the craft in Lucerne and Cairo. He has served as a moderator at panels at Berlin's International Literature Festival and the Browse Photo Festival, leading nuanced discussions on photojournalism and human rights in conflict situations. He is a longtime member of Reporters Without Borders, Freelens and PEN.
Mr Pfister worked together with norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang on the internationaly awarded project/bookpublication/exibithion „one day in history“