Michael Robinson Chávez, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, became seduced by photography after a friend gave him a camera to take on a trip to Peru. A native Californian and half Peruvian, Robinson Chávez is currently a freelance visual journalist based in the Washington DC region. He most recently was a staff photographer for 15 years at The Washington Post. Prior to that, he worked for The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and the Associated Press. He has covered assignments in over 75 countries including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the collapse of Venezuela, violence in Mexico, California's historic drought, the Egyptian revolution, gold mining in Peru, climate change in Siberia, life in Brazil's favelas, the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war and the US led invasion and occupation of Iraq.

He is a frequent lecturer and has taught photographic workshops with Leica Akademie and Foundry among others, in over 20 countries.


  • 2022 Pulitzer Prize Public Service Medal - team entry, The Washington Post
  • 2020 Pulitzer Prize Explanatory Journalism - team entry, The Washington Post
  • 2023 Photographer of the Year, PX3 Prix de la Photographie
  • 2023 The Pollux Awards, Documentary and Editorial Award
  • 2019 Photographer of the Year, Pictures of the Year International
  • 2018, 2015, 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award
  • 2020, 2004 Photographer of the Year, Northern Short Course
  • 2022, 2018 Ben Bradlee Award for Courage in Journalism
  • 2008 Scripps Howard Photojournalism Award
  • 2004, 2007 Photographer of the Year, White House News Photographers Association


  • East of Everything, Lecia Gallery, Washington DC, USA
  • PX3 Prix de la Photographie, Galerie 24b, Paris, France
  • Pollux Awards Exhibition, FotoNostrum, Barcelona, Spain
  • California's Dust Bowl, Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia
  • Georgia Russia War, Les Recontres d'Arles, France
  • Eyes on Main Street, Wilson, North Carolina, USA
  • Everyday Climate Change, Museo di Storia Naturale, Verona, Italy
  • Israel/Lebanon, War Photo Ltd., Dubrovnik, Croatia
  • Wide Angle, Orange County Museum for Contemporary Art, USA
  • Metamorphosis: Images from the Arab World, powerHouse Arena, USA
  • Rinconada de Oro, Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, USA
  • California's Dust Bowl, Irene Carlson Gallery of Photography, USA
  • The New Europeans, Slovak Embassy, Washington DC, USA
  • Venezuela, Visa Pour l'image, Perpignan, France
  • Memorias de America, Leica Gallery, Washington DC, USA
  • Indian Photo Festival, Hyderabad, India
  • 60 Days, Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara, USA