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Short Break In Tokyo And Beyond
It's thrilling and sometimes disconcerting to be in a country that is totally both new and so different in its complexities. That said, the politeness and kindness of the Japanese are heartwarming and dispel the presumption of stiffness and formality. The...

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Hầu Đồng Ca | Le Thanh Tung/Ngoc Nau
It certainly seems like my photo book Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam and the subsequent inclusion of Đạo Mẫu (the Mother Goddess religion) in UNESCO's List of Intangible Heritage has ushered an increased awareness and interest in this indigenous fa...

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Christian Rodriguez | Xiếc (Vietnamese Circus)
Photo ©  Christian Rodriguez - All Rights Reserved I've always thought that circus performers had sad lives. Perhaps it was becasue of the clowns with their tragic-comical faces and makeups. So I'm not all all surprised that Hanoi’s prestigious state-run ci...

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Leonid Plotkin | The Bauls, Men of Heart
Photo © Leonid Plotkin | All Rights Reserved I've lost count as to how many times I have featured Leonid Plotkin's work on The Travel Photographer blog.  His latest work is Men of Hear t , and is on the Bauls who are a group of mystic minstrels from Bengal ...

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Corentin Fohlen | Haiti's Karnaval
Photo ©  Corentin Fohlen | All Rights Reserved Every year in the small port of Jacmel, in the south of Haiti, the most important festival is held with residents wearing incredibly colorful and fantastical costumes. The festival is called Karnaval  and for m...

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Giselle Natassia | Thailand's Vegetarian Festival
Photo ©  Giselle Natassia - All Rights Reserved This blog post will lead to a photo gallery that featured graphic and possibly disturbing images. The Nine Emperor Gods Festival is a nine-day Taoist celebration starting on the eve of the ninth lunar month of...

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In The Courtyard of The Beloved
IN THE COURTYARD OF THE BELOVED by Tewfic El-Sawy on Exposure Ms Fatima Bhutto, daughter of Benazir Bhutto, recently wrote an  Op-Ed  in The New York Times bemoaning the gruesome event of an attack by the so-called "Islamic State" on a Sufi shrine in Pakist...

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Shinya Arimoto | Portraits of Tibet
Photo © Shinya Arimoto - All Rights Reserved I don't think I've featured the work of a Japanese photographer on The Travel Photographer blog before, and especially not one who traveled a number of times in Tibet. Tibet, on the situated on the Tibetan Platea...

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POV : Photojournalism's Uncertain Future
The New York Times recently featured two articles concerning the future of photojournalism, through interviews with Donald R. Winslow (editor of the National Press Photographers Association’s News Photographer magazine and newspaper) and Leslye Davis , a yo...

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POV: NYC's Asia Society & The Age of Ignorance
Readers and followers of The Travel Photographer blog are probably well aware of my immense disappointment at the inertia demonstrated by the Asia Society in NYC in acknowledging my letters suggesting it recognizes the Vietnamese Mother Goddess religion as ...
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