About Mike Randolph

mike-randolph-portrait-lrI’ve been a freelance writer and photographer for more than twenty years. I lived in Toronto, Canada, for most of my life and worked for many different magazines and newspapers. My essays and feature articles have won eight Canadian National Magazine Awards and I’ve been nominated for more than fourteen others.

My writing has also appeared in numerous anthologies of literary nonfiction, including Out There, edited by James Little. I am a former feature-writer for the National Post and for ten years was the editor-at-large of Explore magazine. Some of my photo credits include National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel + Leisure, The Sunday Times, Telegraph Magazine, Outside, Road & Track, Sports Illustrated, Condé Nast Traveler, Fortune, Vogue; and on the advertising side I’ve licensed photos to GM, American Express, Microsoft, IBM, Sony, Samsung, Sanyo, Morgan Stanley, Citibank, PayPal and many others. I also shoot, produce and edit video. My video credits include the Associated Press, Discovery Channel, Canal+, NHK Japan, NBC, Al Jazeera and on the internet, The Huffington Post, Gawker, Boing Boing, and Devour, to name a few. Casteller, my video about human castles in Tarragona, Spain, premiered at the 2011 TED conference and has been watched by millions of people both on network television and online.

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Waiting until I get to some more or less level ground before I put my Canon 17-40 L lens safely back in my pack, but holding on tight–it’s a long way down. Brenta Dolomite mountains, Italy. Photo credit: Jaime Galan

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I started out shooting mostly sports, and have covered many top international events, including the Tour de France. I’ve also done everything from natural landscapes to product photography. But mainly I like to shoot travel images, though when you think about it, travel photography can be practically anything–nature, portraits, landscapes, and even people racing bicycles up steep mountains in the French Alps. Maybe that’s why I like it so much.

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Georgian Bay, Ontario. That’s my Klepper Aerius II Expedition kayak. Man, I love that thing. Photo credit: Guillermo Zubiaurre

I shoot documentary style; unposed and natural, from the perspective of a fly-on-the-wall observer. But I also mix it up with other approaches, too. My images are sold by a number of stock agencies, including Masterfile and Getty.

I live in Madrid and I’m working on a long-term project documenting Spain’s landscape and culture. I blog about it at www.spainbymikerandolph.com.

Thank you for visiting and I hope to hear from you in the comments.

Mike Randolph