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Christopher Michel is an accomplished photojournalist who has documented humans working in extreme locations like the North & South Poles, Everest, Papua New Guinea, DR Congo and the edge of space (aboard a U-2 Spy Plane). He's also had the opportunity to photograph many global leaders, including as the photographer for the 14th Dalai Lama.

His high-impact images have been seen by millions and have appeared broadly in print and in everything from Google screensavers to album covers. He was formerly Photo Editor-at-Large for The Bold Italic and has published a number of fine art books.

His latest project is focused on raising the awareness of scientists among the broader population. The "New Heroes" project profiles 30 of the nation's leading and emerging scientists and aims to shift our attention toward the people who are truly making a difference in the world.

Chris is an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and on the faculty of Esalen, teaching workshops in Santa Fe, Big Sur, and Havana. He is also an adventure guide with Natural World Safaris, leading trips in the Polar regions. Chris works closely with Leica having recently completed an exhibition of his at Leica Stores nationwide.  Additionally, he was an Ambassador for the launch of Leica's acclaimed SL2 camera.

Previously, Chris founded and sold two technology companies.  He is also the founder of Nautilus Ventures, a seed venture fund.  Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Chris flew for the Navy as a Navigator and Mission Commander aboard P-3C patrol aircraft.

Chris graduated from the University of Illinois and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate from Tiffin University. Chris serves on the board of Dale Carnegie and Catchlight, a non-profit focused on supporting photographers and innovative leaders in the field of visual storytelling.  He is also an advisor to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Chris can be reached herePortraits for media use are here.

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