Biography

Paul ChesleyPAUL CHESLEY’S BIOGRAPHY

Paul Chesley has been a freelance photogapher with the National Geographic Society since 1985, and has completed over thirty five projects worldwide with the Society. He was recently honored by the inclusion of his work in the Society’s first major exhibition, “The Art of Photography at National Geographic: A 100 Year Retrospective” at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Solo exhibitions of his work have appeared in museums in London, Tokyo, New York and Honolulu. His greatest enjoyment is on international projects, capturing the lives of the people, cultures and beauty of Asia and the South Pacific. Chesley’s photographic essays are regularly published in magazines including LIFE, FORTUNE and GEO. Recent books with his work have been PASSAGE TO VIETNAM; MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS;BANGKOK;THE CIRCLE OF LIFE; THAILAND: SEVEN DAYS IN THE KINGDOM; INDONESIA: A VOYAGE THROUGH THE ARCHIPELAGO; and MALAYSIA: Heart OF SOUTHEAST ASIA. He has also participated in A DAY IN THE LIFE OF CHINA, as well as in a number of other “DAY in the Life” books. Chesley was the sole photographer for ROCKY MOUNTAINS: PILLARS OF A CONTINENT and CONTINENTAL DIVIDE, both book projects for the National Geographic Society; and MINNESOTA and COLORADO, by Random House Publications.