Michalis Nikiforakis was born in Iraklion, Crete, where he lives and works as a dentist. From early childhood, he loved, admired and made a study of skillful and impeccable photography. His dream of taking photographs of his own became real when, as a student, he received his first camera. His real skill as a photographer began in 1965 when he joined the Hellenic Photographic Society, Crete.

Up to 1979 he used black and white film for his photographs and from then on, colour. At the same time he also became interested in slide photography, which he has presented at public showings of a variety of sound-recorded themes, both Greek and international.

In 1979 the FIAP awarded him the title A. FIAP and in 1991, E. FIAP.

He has had two exhibitions of his own work exclusively in Iraklio and his photographs have been shown all over Greece and throughout the world. His photographic work has been honoured with 120 Greek and 100 international awards.

From 1975 to 1993 he took part in over 300 exhibitions word-wide and about 130 different photographic creations have received special praise.

His work includes a variety of different subjects, but his particular preferences include: portraits, live subjects, studio composition, landscapes and scenes related to our cultural heritage, ( archaeological sites,

local, traditional architecture, everyday life etc.), as well as photographs taken on journeys.

Many of his photographs hang in museums, cultural institutions, private collections and have appeared in many publications, both photographic and general. In 1967 he was elected Chairman of the Hellenic Photographic Society, Crete and continued to be re-elected to this position for 30 years.

In 2000 he decided to no longer participate in the administrating body of the H.P.S., Crete, which responded by bestowing the title Honourary Chairman on him.

He no longer participates in international exhibitions and all his activities are now dedicated to advancing the H.P.S. and teaching the skills of photography to its new members.