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Hatha yoga | Photographer: Serge Bouvet

Hatha yoga | Photographer: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Sandra Insoha, a famous French Hatha Yoga teacher has offered one of the most prestigious teacher training programs Paris since 2010. Hatha yoga (Sanskrit: हठयोग haṭhayoga), also called hatha vidya (हठविद्या), is a system of yoga described by Yogi Swatmarama, a Hindu sage of 15th century India, and compiler of the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.The Sanskrit term haṭha refers to the use of persistence or force, and haṭhayoga is translated by the Monier-Williams dictionary as "a kind of forced Yoga or abstract meditation".

 

Serge Bouvet photographed a few of Hatha Yoga figures on urban spot. 

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Beards of Evil | Photographer: Andreas Jakwerth

Beards of Evil | Photographer: Andreas Jakwerth | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The series ‘Beards of Evil’ combines the beard style of some of the more evil villains of mankinds history with contemprorary, urban fashion. For us, it was interesting to see how nicely some of these styles would work with today’s fashion even though you cannot wear a beard like these nowadays.

 

I shot this series for the Austrian magazine thegap, which focuses on urban culture and music. One of their friends who had been growing a beard for about seven years, decided to finally get rid of it, so we jumped in and realized the series with the help of stylist Magdalena Vukovic and hairdresser Thomas Pavlidis. The model, a non-professional, changed his expression to fit perfectly with the style of beard he was wearing.

 

In the end the series never got published in the magazine because one of the fashion labels didn’t like the historical person we chose for their clothing.—Andreas Jakwerth

Andreas Jakwerth is a Vienna based photographer specializing in Portraiture and Documentary work.

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To drift savannah | Photographer: David Strohl

To drift savannah | Photographer: David Strohl | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

We all interact and entwine our stories, telling of the local culture and thus helping to define a greater region. The way we act, the things we do, the way we strive for uniqueness and individuality through the adornment of ourselves and our space, cannot help but be influenced by the intricate cultural relationships that envelop our lives.

In situationist texts, a “dérive” (translates as “drift”) is an attempt at analysis of the totality of everyday life via the passive movement through space. With this idea in mind, I set out to wander, examine, and interpet the structure, flow, and intricacies of the world around us. Through repeated exploration, there has become apparent a rich and complex network of relationships between inhabitants and their surroundings. Much has been revealed about our personal identities and the choices that we make, as much as the broader scope of the work is linked to the nature of how all people attempt to define themselves. The struggle, of course, is to find a way to encounter this uniqueness in the presence of the all-encompassing spectacle of modern society. We can’t help but be defined by where we are; we will always be within the system. As Guy Debord pointed out, “He will essentially follow the language of the spectacle, for it is the only one he is familiar with…it is not a collection of images, but a social relation among people, mediated by images.

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Bhutan | Photojournalist: Lynsey Addario for National Geographic

Bhutan | Photojournalist: Lynsey Addario for National Geographic | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Lynsey Addario usually works in countries at war and in conflict. What was it like to cover Bhutan?

"It was much harder than covering a war, actually. I’ve spent the last seven years covering the war in Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lebanon, and Iraq. I also go to Darfur once a year. This is one of the first long-term assignments in years where no one was trying to kill me. In a war zone there is tension, you’re functioning on adrenaline, on a passion to report what is happening. It was completely different in Bhutan. Bhutan’s whole philosophy is Gross National Happiness. It’s a country that’s very peaceful; the people are very traditional. It’s not like things are unfolding before your eyes every day. My whole drive was dictated by looking for how to convey a culture, looking for light, for beauty."

 

"The culture is so different from where I usually work. In the Middle East, people call you in for lunch from the street just because you’re a foreigner. Bhutan is not like that. It’s a very closed place, although the people are incredibly hospitable and warm. They wouldn’t invite me in, but I would walk up to the houses, and most people were welcoming—that was never a problem. In one house there were these two little girls—one was maybe ten and the other seven—and their mother was working out in the fields. I walked into the house and said hello, and one of the girls just stared and started crying, because she had never seen a foreigner. She was so confused. I did get to photograph them. I went back the next morning, and the mom was there. I think the dad was out shopping, which takes a few days since the nearest road was about a six-hour walk."

 

More information :

National geographics :
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/03/bhutan/larmer-text

Addario's field-notes:
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2008/03/bhutan/addario-field-notes

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Two faces of baku | Photographer: Jean- Marc Caimi

Two faces of baku | Photographer: Jean- Marc Caimi | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

In April, photographer Jean- Marc Caimi traveled to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. The nation plays a key role in supplying energy to much of Europe, and Caimi was interested in the lives of locals facing forced evictions with little compensation as Azerbaijan attempts to beautify the capital. Through his series, The Two Faces of Baku, Caimi documents those living on “Winter Boulevard,” a new section on the outskirts of Baku where many of those forced from their homes have been relocated.

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The Canaries | Photographer: Thilde Jensen

The Canaries | Photographer: Thilde Jensen | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"The Canaries series is a personal account of life on the edge of modern civilization – as one of the human canaries, the first casualties of a ubiquitous synthetic chemical culture. Since World War II the production and use of synthetic petroleum derived chemicals has exploded. We live in a world today where man-made chemicals are part of every breath we take and where electro magnetic emissions are beaming at us from every corner.

 

As a result it is believed that more than ten million Americans have developed a disabling condition referred to as Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS) or Environmental Illness (EI). MCS is a condition in which the immune and central nervous systems go into extreme reactions when exposed to small amounts of daily chemicals like perfume, cleaning products, car exhaust, printed matter, construction materials and pesticides.

 

When the delicate balance of life first has been broken there seems no end to how sensitive we can become or to which element one might sensitize. In addition to chemicals some react to food, electromagnetic fields, textiles and even light – making life a near impossibility.

 

Many people with MCS/EI end up living as refugees in remote areas out of tents, cars, or retro-fitted trailers, away from dangers of neighbors’ chemical use. Others are prisoners of their homes, with advanced air filter systems to keep outside air from contaminating their breathing space.

 

At the core of the bizarre, and sometimes freakish, appearance of Environmental Illness is a questioning of the sanity of a human world continuing to develop in a manner that is toxic to life itself." (Thilde Jensen )

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Desert | Photographer :Lucy Levene

Desert | Photographer :Lucy Levene | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Lucy Levene's is a London based artist & Photographer. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, with shows in London, New York and Europe.

 

Coming from an ongoing interest in Realism, this work explores construction; both as in constructed photography and within constructed or ‘fake’ spaces. The images are taken in and around Los Angeles, an area/landscape continually re-fictionalised through film.

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Brides of Xtabay | Fashion photographer: Holly Andres

Brides of Xtabay | Fashion photographer: Holly Andres | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

MAYPOLE BRIDES, commissioned by Xtabay Vintage Clothing Boutique as a conceptual fashion shoot depicting young brides preparing for the Maypole ceremony. The Maypole Dance originated as an ancient pagan fertility ceremony associated with the end of winter and the rebirth of the land. The pole itself is suggestive of the phallus.

Shot on location at Sauvie Island, near Portland Oregon.
Photography and concept by Holly Andres
Wardrobe and styling by Liz Gross/Xtabay
Hair and Makeup by Terri Lodge
Flowers provided by Fieldwork
Models: Krystal South, Jennafer Furniss, Kate Rocker, Nicole Marie Milchak, Lisa DeClercque, Pearl Essence, Kara Jean Caldwell, Rachel and Doni the goat.

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Photographing a dignitary | Photographer: Serge Bouvet

Photographing a dignitary | Photographer: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"The news related to the official portrait of President of the Republic, François Hollande, directed by Raymond Depardon, makes me want to write about. I happened to photograph a few dignitaries. Some want a sober picture , modest picture, while others prefer a portrait in phase with the prestige of their status..."

 

Serge Bouvet is a french professional photographer based in Paris. Providing event photography, press portraits, photojournalism. 

 

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Cuba | Photographer: Eric Kruszewski

Cuba | Photographer: Eric Kruszewski | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
Eric Kruszewski, award-winning photojournalist, shares captured stories from around the world.

 

Eric Kruszewski's Cuba gallery made me yearn to revisit Cuba having been there on a week's photo workshop over 10 years ago.  It's heaven for street photographers...Just look at the photograph above, and see how he compartmentalized the scene using the columns and the scaffoldings.

 

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Myanmar, Inle Lake | Photographer: Ruben Vicente

Myanmar, Inle Lake  | Photographer: Ruben Vicente | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Ruben Vicente has just published an excellent ebook titled Myanmar: A Journey Through Time of his photographs, along with cogent and well written travel photography advice for this wonderful country, just emerging from a state of military dictatorship. I know there's a rush of travelers and photographers to Myanamr (Burma)...so do yourself a real favor, buy Ruben's ebook and drop Lonely Planet and the like.

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Ruben Vicente's comment, August 8, 2012 3:40 AM
Thank you for the shout-out =)
Photo report's comment, August 8, 2012 7:43 AM
@Ruben Vicente : you are welcome Rubens, your work is really amazing. The people have to see your travel photographs. :)
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NYPD: Operation Impact | Photographer: Antonio Bolfo

NYPD: Operation Impact | Photographer: Antonio Bolfo | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Antonio Bolfo worked as a police officer in the NYPD from 2006 to 2008 where he patrolled some of the most dangerous housing projects in the Bronx. Bolfo says, “There was a substantial amount of depression in the unit and at the precinct in general, but no one would ever admit it out of fear it would be taken as a sign of weakness. People deal with depression in a number of ways, some take to alcohol, others to infidelity. For me it was photography that helped ease the burden.” Bolfo’s series, IMPACT: Life On The Housing Beat opens tomorrow, July 24, at the Half King gallery in NY. The photographer Antonio Bolfo will participate in an opening night discussion with Ed Conlon, former NYPD detective and author of Blue Blood.

 

Operation IMPACT is an NYPD program that assigns young, untested officers to the most violent and dangerous neighborhoods of New York City for a full-scale plunge into “The Job.” Part field training, part trial by fire, IMPACT pits these officers against some of the most vicious criminals in the country on a daily basis. This photography project follows one IMPACT unit consisting of thirty rookies assigned to housing projects in the South Bronx, one of the poorest and toughest neighborhoods in America.

 

Many criminologists directly attribute Operation IMPACT to New York City’s 21st century revival. But the focus on arrests comes at a price: sacrificing community policing, which leads to a tense relationship between the neighborhood’s beleaguered residents and the overstrained cops.

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Old regular mountain | Photographer: Stacy Kranitz

Old regular mountain | Photographer: Stacy Kranitz | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"Representing place is a complicated series of negotiations.  How can the photographer demystify stereotypes, sum up experience, interpret memory and history."

"Regression to the mean is a term used to define a phenomenon in statistical analysis. If a variable is extreme on its first measurement, it will tend to be closer to the average on its second measurement."
 
"This concept outlines my process, which requires many visits in order to gain a photographic series of images that averages these extremes. I am initially drawn to stereotypes. Then I look to demystify these stereotypes only to find that they are rooted in some sort of reality. I do not exclude the stereotypical image from my representations, nor do I only seek it out. The resulting images are a regression to the mean and the mean is interwoven with both typical and atypical lives captured through controlled and chance operations."
 
"Nothing is all one thing or its opposite. There are moments in time that you see a degree of continuity between these opposing forces.  Ultimately the term Regression to the Mean articulates the flaws of representation. Flaws which I openly embrace." (Stacy Kranitz: http://stacykranitzprojects.com/old-regular-mountain)

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Out my window | Photographer: Gail Albert Halaban

Out my window | Photographer: Gail Albert Halaban | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Described as “hopperistic” by the New York Times and New Yorker, Gail Albert Halaban’s large-scale color photos provide a look into the private worlds of ordinary people. “I’m a photographer and therefore I’m a voyeur, and I’m a New Yorker and therefore I’m a voyeur,” said Halaban. Although staged, these photographs capture the realistic experience all New Yorkers can relate to. “I think every city has its own way that people connect to their neighbors. In LA it’s through the car window. In New York, I think it’s through the apartment window.” Halaban’s photographs range from a man playing with his dog to a couple playing with their baby, all with the backdrop of large architecture emphasizing the real New York experience, being one of eight million. Halaban’s book of peeping shots will be released this September by powerHouse books.

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Human-Animal | Photographer: Alex Arzt

Human-Animal | Photographer: Alex Arzt | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"These are photographs of real people and the animals, objects, and places that belong to them. The similarities between life forms and the likenesses of our basic drives and behaviors drive me to find my subjects. To me, the indefinable difference between humans and animals is the mystery of animal perception that humans are only able to access through imagination and theory. When we see another living creature, we can never truly know how they perceive us or their environment. Evolution has formed an infinite variety of species all ranging in different types of intelligences, instincts, physical capabilities, and defense mechanisms."

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In the Shadow of Wounded Knee | Photographer: Aaron Huey for National Geographic Magazine

In the Shadow of Wounded Knee | Photographer: Aaron Huey for National Geographic Magazine | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"On the Great Plains, hidden away on little traveled back roads, is American Prisoner of War Camp Number 334.  This is also known as Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Lakota Sioux.  They are the tribe that suffered the infamous Wounded Knee Massacre, in December of 1890, in which an estimated 350 Lakota were killed.  Among the dead were over one hundred unarmed women and children.  Since that day Wounded Knee, and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, have been a symbol of the wrongs inflicted on Native Americans by the descendants of Europeans. Pine Ridge is the quintessential example of the failures of the reservation system, with staggering statistics on everything from violent crime to education.  

Sadly, Pine Ridge continues to be the setting for an ongoing massacre within the tribe.  Gangs on the reservation are out of control, and the violence they live by grips even the smallest villages.  Unemployment on the reservation fluctuates between 85-90%, the housing office is unable to afford to build new structures, and existing structures are falling apart.  Many are homeless, and those with homes are packed into rotting buildings with up to five families.  Thirty-nine percent of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation have no electricity.  It is reported that at least 60% of the homes on the Pine Ridge Reservation are infested with black mold, which causes an often-fatal condition with infants, children, and the elderly.  90% of the population lives below federal poverty levels."

 

Photos from National Geographic's article: http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/08/pine-ridge/fuller-text

Aaron Huey is a freelance photographer based in Seattle, WA.

 

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Cinematic Street Portraits | Photographer: Michael Goldberg

Cinematic Street Portraits | Photographer: Michael Goldberg | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

The images are unposed, but the strobe light creates a sense of heightened drama associated with the fictional world of cinema and advertising.

 

Los Angeles-based Michael Goldberg photographed these candid portraits on the streets of Madrid, New York, Sydney, Bangkok and Barcelona over two years. In this work he aims to ‘blur the line between fact and fiction, and play the tradition of candid street photography off the more artificial look of theatrically-staged photography’.


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People of Rajasthan | Travel photographer: Serge Bouvet

People of Rajasthan | Travel photographer: Serge Bouvet | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Wherever Serge Bouvet go, it is invariably the people who reveal most about Rajasthan. 

Rajasthan is so vast and full of variety that even the Indians don’t get to see the whole of it, let alone the tourists. You have to visit the place to know it. However, the travel photographers like Serge Bouvet give you a good idea of how the place looks and how it should feel like. It also helps you to decide what places you want to visit when you are planning a trip to India.

 

Serge Bouvet have collected a number of photographs which capture the colorful glimpses of the daily life in India. These photos give you a broader view of the people and cultural heritage of Rajasthan. 

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Shibuya | Photographer: Adam Hinton

Shibuya | Photographer: Adam Hinton | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

"At the beginning of the year I visited Tokyo to work on a small project of portraits of commuters. Little did I know about the terrible events that would befall Japan two months later. The idea was to produce a series of observations of people going to work en mass but with each individual also reflecting on their own personal world, catching moments where the subject is both present and absent. It's a bit different for me in that it has no political comment but I felt the need to free myself from this for a change. I arrived on the 'Coming of Age Day' when those who have reached the age of 18 receive gifts at the local town halls. These are where the kimono portraits were taken." (Adam Hinton)

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Linda Leven | Photographer: Annie Collinge

Linda Leven | Photographer: Annie Collinge | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Annie Collinge: “I had just moved to New York and was looking for something or someone to do a project about. I was walking along 5th Avenue one afternoon with my boyfriend and we saw Linda. I followed her for a couple of blocks, trying to get the courage up to speak to her and she disappeared into Home Depot on 23rd street.

 

I happened to have my camera on me so I asked her if I could take some photos of her outside. She was up for it. So I took a couple of images in the street. She said that if I wanted to take any more photos I could, and gave me her number – that’s where it all began. 

 

Linda and her boyfriend are into photography and they do shoots on weekends. Their shoots are very  theatrical and she likes to juice them up in photoshop and make them look very dramatic. For her, I think my pictures are a bit tame, but what I like about her is she never questions why I want to photograph her a certain way, she just enjoys the process.

 

We also have a mutual love of colour, the idea of ever dressing in black is hideous to her and for me colour is one of the most important things in my work.  My work if often about human interactions with objects and adornment,  most of the time an idea comes from an object I find in a junk store or flea market and I then work out how I add in the human element."

 

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Sparrow Lane | Photographer: Holly Andres

Sparrow Lane | Photographer: Holly Andres | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

SPARROW LANE presents an elliptical narrative of young women on the verge of adulthood. Drawing on the formal and thematic conventions of Nancy Drew books, 1970s horror films and Alfred Hitchcock, the series depicts girls in search of forbidden knowledge. By employing suggestive and symbolic iconography such as chrome flashlights, skeleton keys, mirrors, birdcages and open drawers, literal narratives are suspended to suggest psycho-sexual metaphors. The Sparrow Lane protagonists are propelled by curiosity, empowered by their discoveries, and are also intimidated by a sense of impending threat. While the girls flirt with danger, however, the work is apparently innocent and devoid of explicit violence. Rather, the series represents the potential loss of innocence.

 

Holly Andres uses photography to examine the complexities of childhood, the fleeting nature of memory, and female introspection. Typically her images rely on a tension between an apparently approachable subject matter and a darker, sometimes disturbing subtext. She is based in Portland, Oregon.

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Caroline Brasch Nielsen & Madison Headrick | Fashion photographer: Greg Kadel For Numéro #134

Caroline Brasch Nielsen & Madison Headrick | Fashion photographer: Greg Kadel For Numéro #134 | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Greg Kadel is an American fashion photographer and filmmaker based in New York City. Greg Kadel’s images have appeared in publications including American Vogue, Vogue Italia, Vogue Nippon, Vogue UK, L'Uomo Vogue, French Vogue, Vogue Germany, Vogue China, Numéro, Numéro Homme, Visionaire, i-D, The Face, Another Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, W Jewelry, British GQ, 10 Magazine, Allure, Inside View, V, Melody. His advertising clients include Aveda, Express, Valentino, Louis Vuitton, H&M, Max Mara, Loewe, Oscar de la Renta, Calvin Klein, Biotherm, Diane von Fürstenberg, Elie Tahari, Hermès, Lancôme, L'Oréal, Max Mara, Shiseido, Victoria's Secret, and Salvatore Ferragamo.

 

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Ludruk | Photographer: Diego Verges

Ludruk | Photographer: Diego Verges | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Ludruk is a theatrical genres of East Java in Indonesia. It's a form of traditional performance presented by a troupe of actors on a stage, re-telling the life stories of everyday people and their struggles.

 

Most of the characters were performed by male actors who take the roles of women, but more recently, the sketches and farces feature mostly contemporary domestic stories, and have become commercial entertainment popular with urban and rural working-class audiences. 

 

Diego Verges has produced a comprehensive photo essay on the Ludruk and as well as environmental portraits and scenes of these performers. Ludruk is a must-see for my readers as it merges portraiture, documentary and travel-ethnography photography, and also visually documents an art for that could well vanish in the years to come.  udiences

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Running | Photographer: Tabitha Soren

Running | Photographer: Tabitha Soren | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it

Tabitha Soren began her series called Running with a chance discovery after photographing her daughter by the headlights of a car, in the act of running. Upon seeing the images, Soren had the sense she was trapping her daughter inside the frame. “I started thinking about panic, resilience, and the role of accident in life,” she says. “Also, when people are running their bodies contort and we get to glimpse emotions that are normally kept hidden.”

 

Soren’s Running series, along with the work by five other photographers (Martin Bogren, Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman, Monika Merva, and Shawn Rocco) is included in Fresh, the annual summer exhibition at Klompching Gallery. The artists were selected by Darren Ching (owner of the Klompching Gallery) and distinguished collector, Fred Bidwell (Bidwell Projects), for their consistency of vision, originality, craftsmanship and strong viewpoint. In addition to the gallery show, which opens tomorrow night, the artists’ works will be published in Blink magazine, and showcased online by Flak Photo.

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Portraits | Photographer: Andrew Rowat

Portraits | Photographer: Andrew Rowat | PHOTOGRAPHERS | Scoop.it
Award-winning photographer Andrew Rowat splits his time between New York and Shanghai, China. He is available for editorial, corporate, advertising, and portraiture work.

 

His portraits have appeared in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, his travel work regularly appears in Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure, and his architecture and lifestyle work finds its way into the pages of Wallpaper, Monocle, and Dwell. His profile features have appeared in Esquire, and GQ

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