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Michael Hanson is an award-winning Pacific Northwest-based photographer and filmmaker. Michael's photography career began while playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves Organization. His in-depth storytelling work has taken him around the world for clients such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, Washington Post, Outside Magazine, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Apple, Amazon, Esquire and Starbucks. He has taught workshops in South America and on the Columbia River as a Nat Geo Expert on National Geographic Expeditions. Michael’s series, Portraits of the Omo, from Ethiopia remains in the Sir Elton John Permanent Collection.




Communication Arts

PDN30 New and Emerging Photographers

America's Top Travel Photographers, Popular Photograp

Images of the Year, American Photo

Banff Film Festival

National Geographic Viewer's Choice

ADDY for MS Society TV Spot

FYI, Folio Eddie Award



Gallery301, The Way West, 2024

Columbia Center for the Arts, The Way West, 2023

Fundación Konrad Adenauer, Last Herders of Apolobamba2021

Life, Annenburg Space for Photography, Selected Works, 2016

The Fence, Republic of Baseball, 2016

Featherstone Gallery, Portraits of the Omo, 2014

Sir Elton John Collection, Portraits of the Omo, 2012

Bare Hands Gallery, Nahuala, Guatemala, 2006


Selected Clients

The New York Times, Getty Images, The New Yorker, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Outside Magazine, Esquire, Agence France-Press, Apple, Starbucks, REI, Eddie Bauer, Nike, Patagonia, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Geographic Traveler + Adventure, Smithsonian

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