Michael Robinson Chávez is a photographer at The Washington Post since 2007. Prior to that, he worked for Los Angeles Times , The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 50 countries including: the Congolese Civil War, the tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, life in Brazil’s slums, gold mining in Peru, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war, the Georgian/Russian war in 2008, the conflict in Israel/Palestine and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Michael was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Photojournalism in 2012 and was twice named second place Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2014 and 2010. In 2015 Michael received a silver prize from the China International Press Photo Contest for his work on the California drought. Michael won the Scripps Howard National Award for Photojournalism and has also twice been named Photographer of the Year by The White House News Photographers’ Association.
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, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the War Photo Ltd. Gallery in Dubrovnik and at the Museu Memorial de l’Exili in Spain.
He has published a book of his photographs from Peru: “Awaiting the Rain.” In addition he teaches and lectures at workshops throughout the world including Mexico, Argentina, India, Thailand, Egypt, Peru, the United States and El Salvador.
Michael will be helping you master the craft of telling compelling stories and essays by improving your vision, research skills, ability to gain access to your subject matter and breaking out of your comfort zones. The device you choose can range from an iPhone to a Graflex 4×5. This is about how you see the world.