Father and son. The rulers of Dubai. Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan @faz3 and father His Highness Sheikh Mohammed watch the final horse race at the Dubai World Cup. Sheikh Hamdan, 32, is an avid adventure photographer as he travels around the world as an active ambassador for Dubai. Check out his IG account (4.2m) and you will see he is a skydiver, scuba diver, and horseman superior. This team never rests. Always on the move to mirror a positive image for Dubai and the UAE. I’ve just returned to the UAE. This time with an exhibition of my work now displayed in Sharjah at the Xposure Photo Festival. The UAE holds a special fascination for me especially since the culture is so different from Latin America where I most often work. The photographs of mine on exhibit now in Sharjah are eclectic in theme. The hospitality extended to me in both Dubai and Sharjah is the most extraordinary official hospitality in my life. I am a complete outsider, yet they have extended warm arms . I plan a book soon on the UAE “Up From Sand” a visual exploration of a young country rising very fast from the desert in less than 40 years . Unbelievable. Stay tuned for more photos from Dubai and Sharjah and keep your eye on my IG Stories.
Bangkok. I start my Magnum photo workshop here on Saturday with a double header pop up gallery opening with my Magnum colleague Jacob Aue Sobol. If you are in Bangkok come to our artists talk at RMA Institute, 238 soi Sainamthip 2, Sukhumvit 22, Klongtoey Road. 6pm. 2 weeks ago I was riding out a hurricane at home in the outer banks. Survived it. Jumped on a plane to Dubai and my exhibit opening in Sharjah. No time to breathe. Then another plane to Bangkok where for me now day is night and night is day. Jet lag supreme. I think since 5 hrs sleep is my norm, when the clock gets reversed it hits me harder than most. Anyway it’s a crazy life. From my front porch to literally around the world. As much traveling as I’ve done it still pretty much blows my mind. Yet now it’s time to focus on others. Their work their lives. A unique once in a lifetime experience. Compressed. Yet real pictures in real time. That’s the ultimate adventure. Come see us if you are in town.
Tonight I took my Burn workshop team to meet the iconic photographer extraordinaire Eugene Richards at his opening at the Bronx Documentary Center. I gotta tell you the BDC @bronxdocumentarycenter the coolest photo gallery in New York. In the original real New York. Gene’s show is stunning. A must see.