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The World’s Most Creative and Inspiring Photo Adventure Vacations


Documentary, People and Travel 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. He is the author of the photo storytelling book Vanishing Cuba which includes images and stories from his 24 trips (now 36 trips) to Cuba. 

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-T5, Fujifilm X100VI 
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 70-300mm f/4-5.6
Camera Accessories – Fujifilm Shutter Trigger, Manual Shutter Trigger
Lens Accessories – Fujifilm 1.4x Teleconverter, Extension Tubes, Filter Step-Up and Step-Down Rings 
Tripods – Gitzo, Peak & 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, Peak Bags, Pelican Air Cases
Strap System – BlackRapid Strap System, Peak Strap System
Lighting – RotoLight NEO LED, Portable LED Light Panels, Fujifilm Strobes, Dynalite Portable Strobe System
Laptop – Apple MacBook Pro 14″ M3
Software – Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, NIK, Topaz
Storage – Samsung T9 4TB and T7 2TB SSD Hard Drives, 128GB Lexar SDXC II Memory Cards
Tablet – Apple iPad Pro 11-3 w/Keyboard and Pen 
Camera Phone – Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple iPhone SE
Camera Phone Accessories – Moment Anamorphic and Wide Lenses, PolarPro LiteChaser System, Movi Freefly, Tiffen 10-Stop Variable ND Filter
Drone – DJI Mini Pro 2 Drone System
Chargers – Anker USBC 747 150W Charger, Anker USBC 735 Slim Charger, Anker 48W 2-Port USBC Car Charger
Batteries – Anker MagSafe 10000mAh Battery, Anker PowerCore Slim 10000, Anker PowerCore+ 26800 PD
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 

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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