New York, NY, USA
Michael Magers is a documentary photographer and journalist based in New York City. He is a frequent collaborator with the award-winning team at Roads & Kingdoms and served as the lead photographer on their awarding-winning books, “Rice, Noodle, Fish” and “Grape, Olive, Pig” published by Harper Collins/Anthony Bourdain. His images are exhibited both internationally and in the U.S. and have appeared in a wide range of digital and print publications including Time, Smithsonian, Outside, The California Sunday Magazine, Departures, Saveur, New York Times - T Magazine (via Instagram takeover), Grantland, Internazionale, The Guardian.com, and L’oeil de la Photographie.
2016 - Finalist - PhotoLucida Critical Mass 2016
Shokunin - Japan's Vanishing Masters
It’s been said that in Japan objects are born not made. In a society that increasingly values speed over quality, handcrafted goods retain a heartbeat lacking in the mass-produced world. The master craftsmen (and a few women) who commit their lives to honing perfection to its sharpest edge are known as Shokunin. They are a dying breed, often working in obscurity and always with an intense, almost meditative focus on process. It takes years to learn technique alone and a lifetime to approach mastery of tasks that areon the brink of extinction in our on-demand, insta-famous society.