Along the Burma Road: Soft Power and Piracy | Pulitzer Center.
I have been working in Burma for the last few months as it confronts an epoch of great transformation. My coverage of Burma has been done in collaboration with many different partners, and it has been a rich experience.
Some of the work has been supported by my University when I went took students from the Program for Narrative & Documentary Practice at the IGL to Rangoon in May.
I returned to photograph a project with my great friends Daniel Schwartz and Philip Blenkinsop that will be published in Du Magazine in November.
In August I went to the Golden Triangle and the Burma Road with my friend and former Nieman Fellow Jeff Howe in a collaboration with the Atavist, the Global Post and the Pulitzer Centre looking at drug crime in the Golden Triangle and China exerting soft power in Burma.
I have just arrived in St Brieuc for the inaugural Festival Photo Reporter after a long flight from Boston and a train ride from Paris. The sky is steel grey and the air damp but the welcome at the Gare TGV from the festival organizers was warm. Great to meet the team who put this new and unconventional festival together. Alexandre Solacolu conceived the 2 week event to exhibit the work of fifteen photographers who received significant grants totaling 150,000 Euros from the festival jurors Jean Francois Leroy, Ruth Eichorn and Guillaume Clavieres for the production of new work. Everything here is previously unseen and paid for by the festival which is a great initiative as photographers increasingly struggle to find the resources to initiate new projects. Festival Artistic Director and former Director of Photography at Paris Match Didier Rapaud describes it as a laboratory. I hope the experiment for the town of St Brieuc is as rewarding as it has been for the photographers. I look forward to seeing the exhibitions tomorrow.
Two very interesting (and flattering) reviews by Geoff Dyer of Anne Wilkes Tucker’s long awaited curation of war photography at the MFA in Houston later this year.
Thanks to the suggestion of my old friend Denis Gray in Thailand I just returned home to find a wonderful book on Burmese Hill Tribes called The Vanishing Tribes of Burma by gemologist and photographer Richard K Duran waiting for me on my doorstep in Cambridge. A beautifully printed and subtle portfolio of portraits of many of the ethnic hill tribes photographed in Burma but found in settlements that straddle the hills and mountains of North East India, China, Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia.
Diran Art – Home.
For those of you who have been following the Bosnia Book Project and wondering where you can order it here is the link to the website:
Order – Bosnia 1992-1995.