Photography

Ancestors

In the small rice-farming village in Vietnam where I grew up, every household had an altar. On each altar there would often be an incense bowl spilling with ash, an offering of tea and fruit, and a black-and-white portrait of a deceased grandparent.

On death anniversaries and Lunar New Year celebrations…

Kun Khmer

A friend had said there was a new boxing gym just past the Japanese Bridge in Phnom Penh. Paddy Carson, a former bare-knuckle champion from Durban, had recently moved from Pattaya, Thailand, and opened the Angkor Youth Boxing Club in a sweltering old warehouse on the northern edge of Cambodia’s capital.

Monsoon Saigon

 

The monsoon is the most poetic of seasons. Every afternoon the clouds roll in, the thunder rumbles in the distance and you can almost see the plants eagerly stretching up to receive the life-giving rain. The monsoon brings some…

Asakusa

 

The Asakusa district of east Tokyo, where I took all but one of these images, is a thriving sightseeing hub attracting primarily Chinese and other Asian visitors. But tourism here is not new. The area and its massive temple, Sensoji, has been the backdrop for the sometimes peculiar proclivities…

Hanoi after the war

The Vietnam of 1981 was a very different place: isolated, impoverished, still on a semi-war footing and run on Marxist lines. The poster reads “Towards the 5th Congress” — no hint of the doi moi (reform) or mo cua (open door) policies that…