Mike is a freelance documentary photographer and photojournalist based in San Francisco who has traveled to some of the most remote parts of the world for assignments, volunteer work, and personal journeys. He is passionate about inspiring compassion through intimate photo stories by shining a light on underrepresented individuals.

Having put on multiple independent photo exhibitions and being featured numerous times, Mike's images focus on the raw moments and emotions that define the human essence.



British Journal of Photography x Magnum Photos (Feature: LOVE) - Portrait of Humanity Book, Hoxton Mini Press 

National Geographic Photos of the Week Tourist Taxi's

National Geographic Daily DozenMakeshift Barber, 9PM SunsetTourist Taxi's

World Nomads Shortlist - Last of the Hunters

El Tecolote - Photographer Feature: Mike Chen

El TecoloteOakland Teacher's Strike

El Tecolote - Refugee Activist: Danny Thongsy

Lyceum - Five, Six, Pick up Sticks

Lyceum - The Child with Diphtheria

Series of solo exhibitions featuring over 50 images organized independently to sell ~100 prints and raise over $6000 for the Rohingya Refugee Crisis and New Hope Foster Home.

INSTAGRAM: @mikekaichen

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