Michael Yamashita

Award-winning photographer for National Geographic

Michael Yamashita is an award-winning, 30-year veteran of National Geographic whose photography career has spanned continents and produced more than 30 National Geographic features. After graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in Asian studies, he spent seven years in Asia, which became his photographic area of specialty. Mr. Yamashita has 10 books and two documentary films—Marco Polo and The Ghost Fleet—to his credit. For his most recent book, Shangri-la: Along the Tea Horse Road, he traveled to the far reaches of western China and the Himalayas to capture the fast-disappearing ancient culture of Tibet. He has taught at major photo workshops, including the Maine Media Workshop, Santa Fe Workshops, Tuscany Photo Workshop, and the Palm Beach Photographic Center, in addition to conducting hands-on workshops in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore, Taiwan, and China. Corporate clients, including Sony, employ Mr. Yamashita to teach camera users how to get the most from their equipment. 

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