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The World’s Most Creative and Inspiring Photo Adventure Vacations


Documentary, Street, People, Travel, Landscape, and Fashion Photographer


A New York based photographer, creative director and businessman, Michael has traveled the world photographing people, urban and street, architecture, landscapes, motorsports, aerial, and fashion. He enjoys the challenges that various photographic disciplines present. He has helped design and build many of PWA’s photo adventures. Michael manages the company’s private photo adventures for select guests around the world. As an artist, he is currently pursuing an ongoing visual storytelling project titled “Vanishing Cuba” which includes images from his 24 trips (and counting) to Cuba. The “Vanishing Cuba” coffee table book, containing over 300 pages of images and stories will be available in early 2021.

Michael was introduced to photography by his father at the young age of 11. Using his dad’s WWII Argus C3 and a basement darkroom, he began his love affair with the camera. Although Michael spent his early years in marketing and design, and at the helm of his own NYC-based ad agency for 25 years, he also founded New York’s first digital photography studio “Icon Digital” in 1995, utilizing Hasselblad medium format cameras and Leaf digital backs. He is the father of four beautiful children including one son who is an accomplished cinematographer.

When Michael isn’t on assignment, in the studio or on an adventure, he can be found traveling the world searching for unique photography opportunities, exceptional hotels, amazing restaurants or maybe creating your next travel adventure.

Website: www.MichaelChinnici.com  
Instagram: @MichaelChinnici @VanishingCuba

What's in Michael's bag?

Camera Bodies – (2) Fujifilm X-T3, Fujifilm X-H1, (2) Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm X100F
Prime Lenses – Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 Fisheye, Laowa 9mm f/2.8, Rokinon 12mm f/2, Fujifilm 14mm f/2.8, Fujifilm 16mm f/1.4, Fujifilm 23mm f/1.4, Fujifilm 35mm f/2, Fujifilm 56mm f/1.2, Fujifilm 90mm f/2
Zoom Lenses – Fujifilm 8-16mm f/2.8, Fujifilm 16-55mm f/2.8, Fujifilm 50-140 f/2.8, Fujifilm 100-400mm f/4.5 – 5.6, Fujifilm 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8
Camera Accessories – Fujifilm X-H1 & X-T3 Battery Grips, Fujifilm Shutter Trigger, Manual Shutter Trigger
Lens Accessories – Fujifilm 1.4x Teleconverter, Extension Tubes, Filter Step-Up and Step-Down Rings 
Tripods – Gitzo & Sirui Carbon Fiber Tripods, Manfrotto Mini Tripod
Filter System – Lee Seven5 ND Filter System including Big Stopper, Little Stoppers and Circular Polarizer, Scheider 10 Stop Circular ND
Bags & Backpacks – Think Tank Retrospect Bags, Pelican Air Cases
Strap System – BlackRapid Strap Systems
Lighting – Fujifilm Strobes, (3) LED Light Panels, Dynalite Portable Strobe System
Laptop – Apple MacBook Pro 15″
Software – Capture One, Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, NIK, Topaz
Storage – (2) Samsung T1 2TB and T3 1TB SSD Hard Drives, Sony 256GB USB-C Flash Drive, (5) 128GB Lexar SDXC II Memory Cards
Tablet – Apple iPad Pro 12.9″ w/Keyboard and Pen, Apple iPad Mini 4
Camera Phone – Apple iPhone X
Camera Phone Accessories – Moment Anamorphic and Wide Lenses for iPhone X, Movi Freefly, Tiffen 10-Stop Variable ND Filter
Drone – DJI Mavic Air Drone System
Accessories – Think Orange Micro-Fiber Lens Cloth, Leatherman Multi-Tool, Pelican LED Headlamp, Black Gaffers Tape, Energy Bars, Kuhl Parachute Rain Shell, Clear Throwaway Rain Poncho’s, MyCharge Amp Max 6700mAH Dual USB Portable Charger

All images © Michael Chinnici | All Rights Reserved | Please contact us if you are interested in reproducing or purchasing any of these images.

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