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Acclaimed Japanese photographer Michael Yamashita is showing his newest works from Shangri-La, China, at the 2012 Shin Kong Mitsukoshi International Photography Exhibition (2012新光三越國際攝影聯展) from now until Oct. 14. On display for the first time, the masterpieces are also presented in a new book released to coincide with the exhibition.

Working as a photographer at National Geographic for over 30 years, Yamashita has mesmerized viewers with his unique vision, capturing the raw beauty of nature and culture. Releasing his passion for travel and photography through the frozen moments of his work, Yamashita has visited remote areas around every continent, with subject matter including art, nature, news, culture and history.

Yamashita said that his favorite experience has been recording “things as they really are” in China for nearly 30 years. Recalling his several trips to Tibet, he noted that a photographer needs to “invest time to know the people.”

Describing himself as a “storyteller,” Yamashita wants to “evoke what it was like a thousand years ago” through his photographs. Indeed, his latest works don't shy away from displaying the mysterious wonders of Shangri-La, offering a glimpse into the secluded paradise.

His images of Shangri-La also expose the vibrancy and richness of the destination, with topics spanning from nature and geography to cultural activities. He began the journey in Shangri-La after shooting pictures for National Geographic's “Tea Horse Road” in 2008, and never quite ending his connection with the place. “How can I get back there?”

Yamashita has been awarded many times for his outstanding achievements, including by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) Pictures of the Year prize, the New York Art Directors Club and the Asian-American Journalists Association.

He has launched exhibitions throughout Asia in Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as in Rome, Frankfurt, Los Angeles and Washington.

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In this edition of the Shin Kong Mitsukoshi International Photography Exhibition, Chairman Wu Tung-shin of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, left, and Japanese photographer Michael Yamashita unveil photos of their latest projects. (Courtesy of Shin Kong Mitsukoshi)

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