Michael Robinson Chávez, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Washington Post, became seduced by photography while traveling through Peru with a borrowed camera in 1988. A native Californian and half-Peruvian, he previously worked with the Associated Press, The Boston Globe, and The Los Angeles Times and is a graduate of San Francisco State University. Robinson Chávez has covered assignments in over 75 countries, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the collapse of Venezuela, violence in Mexico, tsunamis in Indonesia and Chile, the Egyptian revolution, gold mining in Peru, and the 2006 Hezbollah/Israeli war.
He was part of a team from The Washington Post awarded a 2022 Pulitzer Prize Public Service Medal for coverage of the January 6th coup attempt on the US Capitol and for Explanatory Journalism in 2019 covering climate change worldwide. He is also a three-time winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Award for Photojournalism and was named Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International in 2020. His photographs have been exhibited in France, Australia, Peru, the United States, India, Slovakia, Croatia, Georgia, and Spain.