ARTIST - Michael Chan - Biography

Born in Hong Kong in 1952, Michael immigrated to the U.S. in 1965 and settled in New York City. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1972 to 1975 aboard the USS HAROLD E. HOLT (DE-1074). His photography of the daring recapture of the SS MAYAGUEZ from the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia in the Gulf of Thailand by the U.S. Armed Forces in 1975 was published in LIFE magazine and in newspapers worldwide. Upon discharge from the Navy he enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York to study commercial photography. After graduation he assisted internationally known photographers such as Douglas T. Mesney, Neil Selkirk, Michel Tchrevkoff, Pete Turner, and others. In 1980 he started his own photography studio and since has done work for publications such as The New York Times Magazine, Interview, Travel & Leisure, The National Lampoon, Stereo Review, AudioVideo International, and clients such as Macy's, Revlon, Exxon, RCA, M & Company, Sunset Books, American Express, etc. A lifelong work in progress is a series of portraits of artists.

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