Michael Yamashita


Temples and pagodas in Bagan, Myanmar.

Michael Yamashita has been shooting for the National Geographic magazine for over 30 years.

The multi award-winning photographer is known for epic stories that cover the landscapes and legends of Asia. During a glittering career he has published 10 books, including: Shangri-La (along the tea road to Lhasa) (2012); The Great Wall From Beginning to End (2007); New York: Flying High (2007); Zheng He – Tracing the Epic Voyages of China’s Greatest Explorer (2005); Japan – The Soul of a Nation (2002); Marco Polo – A Photographer’s Journey (2002); Mekong – A Journey on the Mother of Waters (1995); In the Japanese Garden (1989); A Pictorial Tribute to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Lakes (1988), Peaks and Prairies: Discovering the U.S. Canadian Border (1984).

In addition to photography, Yamashita is also an award-winning filmmaker, producing the feature documentary The Ghost Fleet about China’s Zheng He, and a National Geographic Channel documentary on Marco Polo. When not traveling, Michael Yamashita lives with his family in rural New Jersey, where he maintains a studio and is an active volunteer fireman.

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