Silk Road Journey Exhibition

Sunset Mosque in Yazd, Iran

Sunset illuminates the 12th century Jame (Friday) Mosque, known for its striking blue Persian tile work. Yazd, Iran.

Atlanta, GA –Take a stunning visual trip along the Silk Road with National Geographic Magazine photographer Michael Yamashita. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and The Carter Center will host a display of 37 photographs by Yamashita as he retraces the Silk Road route of Marco Polo and the Chinese explorer Zheng He.

Michael Yamashita has been shooting photographs for National Geographic for more than 30 years. His work has taken him to six continents, though his specialty is photographing Asia. He likes to retrace the paths and the historical routes of famous travelers, which led him to the Silk Road.

The exhibit, Silk Road Journey – One Belt One Road, is sponsored by the Reignwood Group and will be on display in the lobby of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum from March 20 thru March 29, 2017. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 am until 4:45 pm and on Sundays from noon until 4:45pm.  The photography exhibit is in the museum lobby and is free to view. While you’re here, you’ll also want to see the Carter Presidential Museum. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, active military and students with IDs. Children 16 and under always get in free.

About the author

Mike Yamashita has combined his dual passions of photography and travel for over 25 years as a shooter for The National Geographic. Specializing in Asia, he has covered Vietnam and the Mekong River, Marco Polo’s journey to China, the Great Wall, the DMZ between North and South Korea, as well as almost every aspect of Japanese culture from samurai to fish markets.


Among many of his published books, Yamashita’s best-selling Marco Polo: A Photographer’s Journey sold over 200,000 copies worldwide in its initial printing and was re-released by Rizzoli in the fall of 2004. Marco Polo is also the subject of his award-winning National Geographic Channel documentary, Marco Polo: The China Mystery Revealed, in which Yamashita retraces the 13th-century Venetian’s epic excursion to China.


A frequent lecturer and teacher at workshops around the world, Yamashita has received numerous industry awards, including those from the National Press Photographers Association’s Pictures of the Year, the New York Art Directors Club, and the Asian-American Journalists Association. Major exhibits of his work have opened throughout Asia, in Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul, Hong Kong, Singapore, as well as in Rome, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. His images of Korea’s DMZ were featured in an exhibit at the Visa Pour L’Images photojournalism festival at Perpignan, France.


When not traveling, Michael Yamashita lives with his family in rural NJ, where he maintains a studio and an extensive stock library, and is an active volunteer fireman.