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Hầu Đồng | Exposure | The Power of 'So Mang'
As readers and followers of this blog probably know, I've spent about two weeks in Hà Nội on a personal assignment to document The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam , who perform the rituals of Hầu Đồng; one of the main elements of Đạo Mẫu, the Mother Goddess relig...
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As readers and followers of this blog probably know, I've spent about two weeks in Hà Nội on a personal assignment to document The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam, who perform the rituals of Hầu Đồng; one of the main elements of Đạ...
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Diego Ibarra Sánchez | Children of Shah Daulah
Photo © Diego Ibarra Sanchez - All Rights Reserved Followers of this blog and of my photography work will know of my visual and cultural affinity to South Asian Sufi shrines, and my interest in this particular branch of Islam from a historic standpoint. I h...
Photo © Diego Ibarra Sanchez - All Rights Reserved Followers of this blog and of my photography work will know of my visual and cultural affinity to South Asian Sufi shrines, and my interest in this particular branch of Islam...
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The Hát Vân Singer | Trịnh Ngọc Minh
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved "My life is a calendar of memories." - Trịnh Ngọc 'Tony' Minh Hát Vân is a form of ritual music played by musicians known as 'cung van ' as an offering to the various deities pertaining to the cult of Mother Goddes...
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Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved "My life is a calendar of memories." -Trịnh Ngọc 'Tony' Minh Hát Vân is a form of ritual music played by musicians known as 'cung van' as an offering to the various deities pertai...
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France Leclerc | Nomads In Ladakh
Photo © France Leclerc-All Rights Reserved "I have always been a traveler and a wanderer. Travel for me is not about vacations; it is my way to learn about a world that I care deeply about." Here's the latest from a peripatetic photographer, who's unflinchi...
Photo © France Leclerc-All Rights Reserved "I have always been a traveler and a wanderer. Travel for me is not about vacations; it is my way to learn about a world that I care deeply about." Here's the latest from a peripat...
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Fabulous. The B&W treatment really works well with this set of images and it reminds me of a short trek I did there in 2006.Thanks for sharing +tewfic el-sawy 
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Hanoi Report 6
Well, here I am at the end of a wonderful, extremely enjoyable and highly productive 12-13 days in Ha Noi. I entered a world that perhaps few non-Vietnamese are familiar with, and made friendships that I wouldn't have made otherwise had I not traveled on my...
Well, here I am at the end of a wonderful, extremely enjoyable and highly productive 12-13 days in Ha Noi. I entered a world that perhaps few non-Vietnamese are familiar with, and made friendships that I wouldn't have made ot...
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Hanoi Report 5
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved The past few days were a maelstrom of non stop activity. I determined that traveling on my own without the responsibility of having other photographers in tow was liberating, and thought I could control my own time...
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved The past few days were a maelstrom of non stop activity. I determined that traveling on my own without the responsibility of having other photographers in tow was liberating, and tho...
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Supranav Dash | Varanasi
Photo © Supranav Dash-All Rights Reserved It's a little over a year that I was last photographing in Varanasi; in my view, certainly one of the most photogenic cities on earth, and I thought I'd "reconnect" visually with it through the work of Supranav Dash...
Photo © Supranav Dash-All Rights Reserved It's a little over a year that I was last photographing in Varanasi; in my view, certainly one of the most photogenic cities on earth, and I thought I'd "reconnect" visually with it t...
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Hà Nội Color | Exposure | Leica M9 & X Pro1
I've just published  Hà Nội Color on the Exposure platform, using a Color Efex Pro 4 "soup" to punch the colors up, and boost their saturation. The photographs were made with a Leica M9 with Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 and the Fuji X-Pro1 with a 18mm Fujinon f2....
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I've just published Hà Nội Color on the Exposure platform, using a Color Efex Pro 4 "soup" to punch the colors up, and boost their saturation. The photographs were made with a Leica M9 with Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 and the Fuji ...
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Ca Trù | Vietnamese Sung Poetry
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved One of the most authentic cultural performances of Northern Vietnam has to be  Ca Trù  (pronounced ' Ka Tchoo' ); a complex form of sung poetry using lyrics written in traditional Vietnamese poetic forms. It flouri...
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved One of the most authentic cultural performances of Northern Vietnam has to be Ca Trù (pronounced 'Ka Tchoo'); a complex form of sung poetry using lyrics written in traditional Vietna...
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Foundry Photojournalism Workshop | Bali 2015
You'll have the time of your life. That's it...a simple few words that sums it up. In my view, this is the best photojournalism workshop for the advancement of emerging photographers/photojournalists, already emerging ones, established ones, mature ones and...
You'll have the time of your life. That's it...a simple few words that sums it up. In my view, this is the best photojournalism workshop for the advancement of emerging photographers/photojournalists, already emerging ones, e...
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Hanoi Report 6
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved My stay in Ha Noi is unfortunately nearing its end, but yesterday's hầu đồng was, at least in my view, truly the apex of the practice of this ritual of spirit mediumship practiced in Vietnam. Having had to travel ...
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved My stay in Ha Noi is unfortunately nearing its end, but yesterday's hầu đồng was, at least in my view, truly the apex of the practice of this ritual of spirit mediumship practiced in...
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Hanoi Report 4
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved Little did I know last September in Ha Noi that I'd return there in 6 months to pursue a personal project...little did I know when I walked in Sapa, heard music originating from a temple and photographed a Đạo Mẫu ...
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved Little did I know last September in Ha Noi that I'd return there in 6 months to pursue a personal project...little did I know when I walked in Sapa, heard music originating from a te...
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Based in New York City, I am a freelance photographer specializing in documenting endangered cultures and traditional life ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. My images, articles and photo features were published in various magazines, and my travel photographs were featured by some of the largest adventure travel companies in the United States and Great Britain, as well as in multinational corporations' art collections. My photographs have been acquired by the Standard Chartered’ Bank's permanent art collection.

I also organize and lead photo expeditions and workshops for photographers who share my enthusiasm for unusual cultures, uncommon locations and lesser known festivals.

All material on The Travel Photographer Blog is © 2007-2015 Tewfic El-Sawy unless stated.
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