MICHAEL CHEN BIOGRAPHY
Michael Chen, award-winning photographer.
He views the world through his lens, constantly challenging himself to reach new frontiers. He has been active in, galleries, foundations, museums and educational venues, documenting in over 100 countries on seven continents for over 35 years.
Born in Malaysia and raised in Australia, he presently lives in New York with his family. Michael developed an inclination for the adventurous life at an early age, having the extraordinary fortune to be the photographer for the Tun Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, the 4th & 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia.
His exhibition titled “Without Boundaries” in 2002, and "Simplicity" in 2022 at the United Nations (New York headquarters) brought another dimension to his calling.
Michael's philosophy toward his work can be summarized by Buddha's wisdom, "Your work is to discover your work, and then, with all your heart, to give yourself to it.” His mission is to use his lens to capture the beauty of the landscapes and the cultures of the world - particularly Southeast Asia - and to cultivate appreciation of as many audiences as possible.
In his pursuit of perfection in his work, Michael professes:
"The photographer must practice discipline and patience to catch the ‘perfect’ moment." The interplay of natural light, colors, shadows, and structures must be at its best. If the composition of the subject touches my heart, then I can perceive a beautiful outcome. Furthermore, the image must possess a dynamic energy that animates the audience. No landscape, scenery, or architecture is ordinary if it provokes a reaction from the viewer - a memory, an emotion, or a spiritual connection. Passion and dedication reflect my love for photography, but my work is made meaningful by people.”
He has been working as a Location Scout & Manager since 1992 for Hollywood movies and television commercials. He also teaches photography in workshops and does photoessays of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and New York.
Quick to admit that success could not be achieved without the support of many people, he wants to thank each one of you personally.
My journey has just begun. This is my passion, this is my vision, this is my life.