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Mike (yes, me!) is a Taiwanese American documentary photographer and National Geographic Explorer based in San Francisco and Taipei. His work explores the human condition within culture and community.

Born in Taiwan, Mike is fluent in Chinese Mandarin and holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UC San Diego. After quitting his software engineering role at Apple in 2016, Mike backpacked solo for 2 years living with local communities. Notable mentions include hitchhiking from Beijing to Europe by land, motorbiking 4000km across India and Nepal, and volunteering with nonprofits in China and Bangladesh.

Select clients include The New York Times, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, The Atlantic, Mother Jones, NPR, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, San Francisco Chronicle, UCSF Medical School, ABC, CNN, PBS ..etc. 

 

2023 National Geographic Explorer

2021 Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIV and 2020 Missouri Photo Workshop Alum.

Proud member of Diversify Photo. Archive represented by Redux Pictures

Technical Experience: Linkedin

Hostile Environments & Emergency First Aid (HEFAT) - High Risk Certified 

Based in San Francisco and Taipei

mikekaichenphoto@gmail.com

+14089215067

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