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Photojournalist Michael Robinson Chavez


© Michael Robinson Chavez - One of Chavez's personal images on display in Wide Angle View

Photojournalist Michael Robinson Chavez has a sixth sense when it comes to capturing the emotions of human existence. He currently works for the Los Angeles Times, traveling the globe bringing current affairs to our consciousness.

Robinson Chavez’s imagery is powerful. While searching for photojournalists to include in Wide Angle View, an exhibit to be held at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in February and March, 2011, my eyes could not look away from his skillful and compassionate work.

Michael won the prestigious Scripps Howard Foundation National Award for Photojournalism in 2008 and had his photographs featured in the 2009 Photo District News Photography Annual. He has twice been named Photographer of the Year by The White House News Photographers’ Association in 2004 and 2007 and received an Award of Excellence as Newspaper Photographer of the Year in 2008 by Pictures of the Year International. He has received numerous awards including Photographer of the Year honors in 2004 from the Northern Short Course and the National Press Photographers Association, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar and the Society of Newspaper Design.

Mark your calendars to experience Wide Angle View. The exhibit runs from February 4 through March 26, 2011. Michael is in good company, with 15 additional photo and multi-media journalists from around the world. All are award winners. Opening reception is Feb 5, from 6-10 pm and is free and open to the public.

Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, 117 N. Sycamore Street, Santa Ana, CA, 92701.  Phone: 714 667-1517


About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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