About - Christopher Michel


Chris is an accomplished photojournalist. His collection includes photographs from extreme locations like the North & South Poles, Everest, East Greenland, Papua New Guinea, DR Congo and at the edge of space (aboard a U-2 Spy Plane). He's also had the opportunity to photograph a variety of global leaders, including the 14th Dalai Lama. His work is prolific and his photographs have been used by National Geographic, the Smithsonian, the New York Times, the BBC, Outside Magazine, and others.  His photos have been seen millions of times and have appeared on the covers of many newspapers & magazines. His "Flying Emperor" photograph was the 2nd place finisher in the 2014 Wikipedia Picture of the Year.

Chris is also the Editor at Explorers, a site dedicated to adventure travel and a member of the Explorers Club. He’s published a number of fine art books, including 90 Degrees South, Monochromatic, Roof of the World, Stranger in a Strange Land, etc. His most recent show was “Envisioning Ecstasy” at the Tibet House in New York City.

His latest project is focused on raising the awareness of scientists among the broader population.  The "New Heroes" project, in partnership with Leica, 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 also an instructor at the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, teaching the popular "Impactful Photography" course in Santa Fe and Havana.  He is also an adventure guide with Natural World Safaris, leading trips in the Polar regions.

Chris graduated from the University of Illinois and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate from Tiffin University.  Chris is is on the board of Catchlight and Dale Carnegie and is an advisor to the Union of Concerned Scientists. 

Chris can be reached here.

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