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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 holds a B.S in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from UC San Diego and comes from a professional career in Software Engineering at Apple and Tech Sales at Box. His passion for documentary photography stemmed from years of solo backpacking which grew into a full time career in photojournalism. Notable adventures include hitchhiking from Beijing to Europe by land, motorbiking 4000km across India and Nepal, and volunteering with nonprofits in China and Bangladesh.

Mike is a regular contributor to The New York Times. Other select clients include National Geographic, TIME, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal,  The Atlantic, Mother Jones, NPR, 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

Languages: English & Chinese Mandarin

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

Based in San Francisco and Taipei

mikekaichenphoto@gmail.com

+14089215067

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