Chris is an accomplished photojournalist. His collection includes photographs from extreme locations like the North & South Poles, Everest, 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. Chris also serves as the Photo Editor-at-Large for The Bold Italic. His most recent show was “Envisioning Ecstasy” at the Tibet House in New York City.


Chris graduated from the University of Illinois and holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an honorary Doctorate from Tiffin University.


Chris's photographs can be found online at his gallery, www.ChristopherMichel.com




If you are a non profit or a new organization and would like to use my photos under a creative commons non-commercial attribution license, you are welcome. Photo credit as follows "Photo by Christopher Michel @ChrisMichel" It would also be great if you would let me know! Thank so much!

Also, please be aware that I do not have model releases for my photographs of people so you should be careful in their use.

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  • JoinedAugust 2004
  • OccupationHigh-tech / Internet
  • HometownSan Francisco, CA
  • Current citySan Francisco
  • CountryUSA


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Masterly Photographer. Really magic in each shoot. Precious sight. So great work! I love your workkkkkk! wow!

August 7, 2006