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Michael Robinson Chavez - Lessons in the Field

In this video, award-winning documentary photographer Michael Robinson Chavez shows us around the Centro Histórico of Mexico City and gives us an inside look on his photographic processes, both as a professional photojournalist and a street photographer. Chavez tells us the importance of being present in the moment, taking your time, and "using the camera to show us what your curious about."

Michael Robinson Chávez became seduced by photography after a friend gave him a camera before a three-month trip to Peru in 1988. A native Californian and half Peruvian, Michael is currently on his second tour as a staff photographer at The Washington Post. Prior to that, he worked for The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 60 countries including the historic drought in California, 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. He has received awards from the Best of Photojournalism, the Chinese Photojournalist Society, the Scripps Howard Foundation, Society of Newspaper Design and the White House News Photographer’s Association. His work has been exhibited widely, including the Visa Pour l'image festival in France, the Head On Photo Festival in Sydney, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Centro de Imagen in Lima, Peru, Imagenes Havana in Cuba and War Photo Limited in Dubrovnik among others. Michael is currently working on a book of photographs from Peru entitled “Awaiting the Rain.” In addition, he teaches and lectures at workshops and photo festivals throughout the world.

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