The People and Places of Myanmar

The People and Places of Myanmar

Here are a few images from the photo workshop I lead earlier this year with Jock Montgomery in Myanmar. We are doing it again this November. Please join us. Registration closes soon, so don’t wait to sign up. For more information, view the flip-book brochure / mobile version….

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‘From Enemies to Allies’ on MSNBC

“Sometimes, innovative solutions to social challenges are born in the most unlikely places. In Kisumu, Kenya a surprising approach to HIV prevention relies on building bonds two unlikely groups: police officers and sex workers,” Julie Winokur of Talking Eyes Media (TEM) writes. Kisumu, Kenya has a history of police abuse of sex workers, including extortion, physical, and psychological abuse. “Through a novel approach, a local NGO called Keeping Alive Societies’ Hope (KASH) has fought to reverse that trend by building better relationships between these former adversaries. By offering training programs, HIV testing in the red light district, and even volleyball games, KASH hopes that it’s approach will prove more effective than promoting condom use.”
Shot by cinematographer, Jessey Dearing, and produced/directed by Julie Winokur, this recent film, “From Enemies to Allies,”…  by TEM was featured on MSNBC this

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Power of Two

Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their work.

If one falls down, his friend can help him up.
- Ecclesiastes 4

Jodhpur, India
Istanbul, Turkey
Shanghai, China
One’s not half of two;
two are halves of one.
- e.e. cummings
Lourdes, France
Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be, the last of life,
for which the first was made.
Our times are in his hand who saith,
A whole I planned, youth shows but half;
Trust God: See all, not be afraid!
- Robert Browning
The couple is time recaptured,
the return to the time before time.

- Octavio Paz, Nobel Laureate in Literature

Hong Kong, China
Kabul, Afghanistan
Brothers and sisters are as close as hands and feet.
– Vietnamese Proverb

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Your Shot: How Close Can You Get?

Ed Kashi (VII) was recently an editor for a National GeographicYour Shot assignment titled, “How Close Can You Get?” Ed explains his personal connection with this assignment, “[it] is particularly important to me, as it reflects my personal approach and, in a way, the human being I am. I love getting close to people and learning as much as I can about their lives. This not only helps me in my work, but it also informs the person I naturally am.”

Today the results of the “How Close Can You Get?” assignment were posted, featuring some of Ed’s favorite submissions along with notes and comments on some of the images. Ed opens the assignment story by saying, “…thank you to the Your Shot… community, which is impressively engaged and committed. It’s inspiring to see so many

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Where the Hell is Major Kong?

Like most high school “Class of ’64″ members I was marked by “Dr Strangelove,” to the point where I can (sadly) recite scenes almost word for word as well as sing along with “We’ll Meet Again.”  It was a  film of great characters and great action, none much greater than Major Kong, the cowboy-esque gnarly B-52 pilot, whose descripton of their mission (Wing Attack, Plan R) was one to behold. In 1975 I was in Rock Springs doing a story on the new Energy boom in Wyoming, and the morning I was to leave back to SLC I heard a live report on the local radio, that Rotary Club speaker Slim Pickens had just arrived at the R.S. airport. (Slow news day?) I called the station, and asked where he was staying. “The Holiday Inn” was the response I believe.

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Foreign Policy: “The Uprooted”

Two decades after an official cease-fire between Azerbaijan and Armenia, hundreds of thousands of Azerbaijanis remain displaced. In 2013, Ed Kashi (VII) traveled to Azerbaijan to document the plight of Azerbaijan’s refugees and IDPs. Yesterday, Foreign Policy posted an image gallery online, showcasing a selection of images from this work, titled “The Uprooted”.

The text accompanying the gallery explains “One woman [Ed Kashi] met, Reyhan Kerimova, has made her home in an underground bunker that her family dug out themselves. ‘The Azerbaijani government has made significant strides to build new housing,” Kashi says. “But for some, like Kerimova, the conditions are still very difficult.’”

This online feature accompanies a selection published in the July/August printed edition of Foreign Policy. Check out the image gallery online here….

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A Letter From David…

Ahhh, after a whirlwind spring and early summer, I am finally at home for a bit.  Summertime is exactly that, and for sure we all need a break at times. In this summertime spirit, we are going to extend the deadline for the Emerging Photographer Fund grant of $10,000 to September 02, 2014.  Our original deadline for the EPF/Magnum Foundation Grant was July 31, 2014.
This is an extension of 4 weeks – all of August. We are receiving a lot of requests to extend it for one or two days, one week… No point to do that, so if we have to extend.. let’s have a real extension. The grant winner was to be announced at the beginning of October 2014 and the extension of the deadline is not going to change this timing. The official announcement will be on october 7, 2014

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Photo Contest: Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus

The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS) has just announced the call for entries in a photo competition in honor of the inaugural European Games 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The photography competition “Azerbaijan – Sport in Focus” is open to both amateurs and professionals.

“The theme will be Azerbaijan and sports in order to celebrate the sporting culture in Azerbaijan ahead of the first European Games, to be hosted in Baku in June 2015. All types of photographs are welcome to be submitted – the only criterion is that the photos are related to sports and Azerbaijan.” Participants will have the chance to win a trip to Baku, iPads, and tickets to European Games, along with the opportunity to have your photography exhibited around the world.

This photo competition will be judged by world-renowned photographers Ed Kashi (VII), Philipp Rathmer…

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Sports Illustrated – June 2014

“For Action Photographer/Filmmaker, Jimmy Chin, New Challenges lead to New Heights of Creativity” is the title of my interview with Sports Illustrated. See for the full article at Sports Illustrated, The Edge.

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Instagram Blog – June 2014

Excited to be a spotlighted Instagrammer on the Instagram Blog, where I share my inspiration for my daily posts.

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