Born and raised in the Houston area, Michael’s educational background is as a research psychologist and he spent most of his career in the Washington, DC, where he worked at Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for Deaf Students. There he took on various research, teaching, and administrative roles, including over a decade as Dean of the Graduate School and Research. Since moving to Harwich with wife Suz following retirement in 2007, Michael has served as President of the Nauset Newcomers and President of the Cape Cod Viewfinders Camera Club. Michael also has been a long-time volunteer for the organization WE CAN.
Suz hails from NYC, with stops along the east coast from Vermont to Florida. She landed in Washington, DC, to enroll in Gallaudet Univerity’s Sign Language Interpreter Training program which was followed by a 30-year career specializing in perfomance interpreting, mostly in regional theater and at the Kennedy Center. She also worked at Gallaudet University as a director of several continuing education programs. Her other career was as an event floral designer. Suz served for six years as a member of the Board of WE CAN, the Harwich-based organization serving Cape Cod women in transition. She currently serves WE CAN as a Special Advisor.
Photography has been a constant for Michael and Suz since moving to the Cape. Their photos have appeared in Cape Cod Magazine, Chatham Magazine, and other publications and they have had several exhibits of their work. In the last few years, Michael and Suz have developed a passion for iPhone photography and have found that it has very much influenced how they approach photography. Over the last year or so, they have offered several community workshops on iPhoneography and have authored a Cape Cod Magazine article called “The Camera in Your Pocket,” about mobile photography.
Michael by Suz Karchmer (by Monet painting at Musée de l’Orangerie, April 2015)
Suz by Michael Karchmer (at Point of Rocks at sundown, Brewster, November 2014)