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Michael Robinson Chavez

Michael Robinson Chavez discusses his research process and the critical thinking skills required for developing a story.

Michael Robinson Chávez has been a photographer at The Los Angeles Times since 2007 and lives outside of Los Angeles, California. Prior to that, he worked for The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered wide-ranging national and international assignments in over 50 countries including: the Congolese Civil War, the 2010 earthquake in Chile, the revolution in Egypt, life in India and Brazil’s slums, economic decline in the United States, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war, the Georgian/Russian war in 2008 and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

Michael won the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism in 2012. He has twice been named Photographer of the Year by The White House News Photographers’ Association in 2004 and 2007 and was awarded second place Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2010 by Pictures of the Year International. He also placed in the same competition in 2008. Michael won the prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation National Award for Photojournalism in 2008 and had his photographs featured in the 2009 Photo District News Photography Annual.  He has received numerous awards including Photographer of the Year honors in 2004 from the Northern Short Course and the National Press Photographers Association, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the Society of Newspaper Design.

His work has been exhibited widely, including the Visa Pour l’image festival in France, Les Rencontres d Arles 2009, the International Festival of Photojournalism in Gijon, Spain, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC, Imagenes Havana in Cuba, Los Angeles County Museum of Art , the Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles and Ojo Ajeno in Lima, Peru. He has had his work from the Lebanon/Israeli war of 2006 exhibited at the War Photo Ltd. Gallery in Dubrovnik and at the Museu Memorial de l’Exili in Spain.

He has recently published a book of his photographs from Peru: “Awaiting the Rain,” available here on the site. He has lectured and taught workshops in Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, Egypt, Thailand, India, Peru and the United States.

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Visit Chávez' Website to see his photographs.

View Chávez' page at Framework from the Los Angeles Times

Information and Photographs of Chávez' on Social Documentary

Review of Chávez' book Awaiting the Rain on Ventana Magazine

Earthquake in Chile from The LA Times

Deconstructing Mubarak on Picture of the Year international

Broken Promise, an slideshow with companion audio about peruvian gold mines on LA Times Magazine