michael robinson chávez

Michael became enthralled by photography and travel after a friend gave him an old camera before a three-month trip to Peru in 1988. A native Californian and half Peruvian, Michael is currently a staff photographer at The Los Angeles Times. Prior to that, he worked for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 60 countries including surfing in Costa Rica, tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, life in India and Brazil’s slums, gold mining in Peru, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Michael is a two-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism and was named second place Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2010 and 2014. His work has been exhibited widely, including the Visa Pour l'image festival in France, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, Imagenes Havana in Cuba and War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik amongst others. In addition, he teaches and lectures at workshops throughout the world.

Michael is a co-founder of Hidden Planet Expeditions and a photography expert/coach on select itineraries.