{"id":"33","title":"Michael Robinson Chavez","description":"Michael Robinson Chavez has been a staff photographer at The Washington Post since coming from The Boston Globe in 1999. In addition to local stories and events, he has covered wide-ranging international assignments in over 40 countries including: the 1997 Congolese Civil War, the war in Bosnia, Bantu refugees in Kenya, the Zapatista uprising and national elections in Mexico, the conflict in Israel\/Palestine and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.\r\n
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He graduated from San Francisco State University in 1994 with a double major in journalism and Latin American Studies. He then moved to and photographed events in Central America and Mexico for the Associated Press.\r\n
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Michael was named Photographer of the Year 2004 by the White House News Photographers' Association and the Northern Short Course. In addition he was named 3rd place Photographer of the Year in the Best of Photojournalism competition 2004. He has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the National Associtation of Hispanic Journalists, the Society of Newspaper Design and the Pictures of the Year competition. He recently was a finalist for a Getty Grant.\r\n
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His work has been exhibited from his native California to Havana, Cuba to the prestigious Visa Pour l'Image photojournalism festival in France, which showed his 10-year project on Peru. His photos have also been exhibited at both New York City\u2019s and Washington DC's Newseum, Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, Ojo Ajeno in Lima, Peru, Washington DC\u2019s Corcoran Gallery and in galleries throughout the Slovak Republic. \r\n
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Michael has also lectured to professionals and students in the United States, Peru, El Salvador, Panama, India and the Slovak Republic. \r\n
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