Monthly Archive for January, 2007

more from bangkok

well, nine days in thailand turned into lucky 13 days in thailand….none of us wanted to leave…. i mean, how do you beat hanging out with photographers you respect, warmer than new york weather and thai hospitality…the ex-pat community in bangkok is fairly significant…could they draw me in???



agnes and philip blenkinsop



greg gorman, gerhard joren, nym, and james nachtwey 


now in bangkok with a bunch of old friends and a bunch of new friends….
book project is : "Thailand:9 Days in the Kingdom"….this is a shoot with 50
internationally "known" photographers who will each do an individual essay on some aspect of Thailand in 9 days… this book is in honor of the King Bhumibol Adulyadej …his  80th birthday…
now Thailand is an amazing country…one of the most amazing things is that it
was never colonized….Vietnam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia etc. were
all colonized by various European countries…..
now the question is: is Thailand the way it is because it was
never colonized, or was it never colonized because it is the way it is???
Many questions lurk about Thailand…But for sure Thailand is populated by 
the sweetest people on the planet…one other truly fascinating thing is
that i have never been in any country where the people openly
love their leader….not forced….the people love their king….maybe not all
the political leaders, but the king….

more postings to follow….and eventually some of my work for "work in
progress"….sawadee lakon



beautiful….BUT girl or boy?


press conference with surat osathanugrah,oldest photographer on project;
laura el-tantawy, youngest photographer on
project; dr.suvit yodmani, minister of tourism and sports; didier
millet , publisher "9 days in the kingdom"; and steve mcccurry,
photographer with most famous photograph …


celebrity photographer greg gorman, his assistant josh, nym and nick,
assignment editors…way in the background is catherine karnow…


old friends mike yamashita and peter turnley



 jeff hutchins, who is shooting bangkok,on elevator with????

national geographic seminar

i just returned to new york today from two days at the annual national geographic seminar….on new years eve i was with my family in colorado…two days later i was on horseback with mexican cowboys……

three days ago i returned from the national geographic assigned cowboy story and spent two days in washington at national geographic HEADQUARTERS……sounds scary i know…but, out of this marble/glass shrine to all that the grosvenor family stands for has come some of the most interesting journalism of our time…..

you just watch….some of those stories really will stand the test of time…."average folks" already know this…..they save their national geographics in the attic….along with family heirlooms and sentimental junk….national georaphic is some kind of treasure for middle america…can you think of one single other american icon garnering  as much respect and over all of our lifetimes???

well, back to the seminar…why do i go after all these years of going and all these years saying i was not going to be going!!!!  ultimately only two reasons:  (1) to see all of my friends (2) to see all of my friends work and to show them mine …..well, ok yes there is a third reason and you know what it is… keep connected to all the editors who have given me so much funding over the years and given me the best education of the world that any man could ever hope to have…for this , i am forever grateful….and , also for this, i am forever trying to change the place!!!!  more on this later….

this year among the the speakers were duane michaels, joel sartore, and edward burtynsky….associate director of photography, susan smith puts all of this together…always has for the last 25 years…..more about susan later…much more!!!

this afternoon was  "show and tell" by all the photographers currently working on stories….i had to leave early today……remember, i go to thailand tomorrow on the same flight with nachtwey, mccurry , karnow , and yamashita…i showed the mexican cowboy pictures that i cannot put up on this blog…..

ok, this conversation is over…….i gotta pack……23 hours of travel tomorrow…….i will log on from bangkok and post a few pictures….another week with my friends….yes, lucky me!!!!



gerd ludwig, a national geographic photographer, and jean-francois leroy, director of photo festival visa pour l’image, hang at jodi cobb’s home after hours at the natgeo seminar

road trips

road trip…..who does not just love the concept of a road trip…
motorcycle when i was 16 was the first time i physically expressed my
freedom…."travels with charley" and "huck finn"…were books that
allowed me to emotionally realize that freedom could, in fact, be

listen….i have maxed out "road trip" as well as any person
alive….well, of course, neither i nor anyone could ever prove such an
outrageous statement…. but the point is this….I ACTUALLY BELIEVE
IT!!!!!   and this ,my friends is gold…….

so, come with me…..i just got back last night from guanajuato ,
mexico where i was shooting some cowboy pictures for national
geographic…..i cannot tell you too much about this, nor show you any
pictures because of the geographic embargo on any photographers work
before publication in the magazine…..this is a fair deal….fair
because I own the work….we will talk about copyright etc. but mostly
we will discuss the "spirit of travel"….the "education of
travel"……the "total enlightenment" from travel….. and of course,
the definition of "travel" is about a state of mind rather than a
physical space…..

saturday i leave for bangkok….didier millet, editons didier millet,
is producing a book with 50 or so documentary photoghers….chien-chi chang, steve mccurry, eric valli, catherine karnow, james nachtwey and mike yamashita are some of my friends that i will join in thailand where we will all spend nine days documenting a story or two….i have been
assigned to do an essay on "bangkok night"……i actually did this
once before on a similar project "a day in the life of
thailand"….. anyway, please join me….i love to tell my students how
difficult it is for me to make/take an interesting provocative
work…, suffer with me!!!!