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Charles Fourtree | Papua New Guinea
Photo © Charles Fourtree-All Rights Reserved Papua New Guinea seems to be the end of the earth. It almost is. And it offers intrepid travel photographer incredible opportunities to document its indigenous culture and its traditions. The Goroka festival is p...
Photo © Charles Fourtree-All Rights Reserved Papua New Guinea seems to be the end of the earth. It almost is. And it offers intrepid travel photographer incredible opportunities to document its indigenous culture and its trad...
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Blank Lands | In Search of Zhuang Xueben
A friend, Matteo Vegetti referred this very interesting project to me a few weeks ago and whilst, I don't feature crowd funding projects on this blog, this particular one captured my imagination for its novelty, difficulty and exoticism. Zhuang Xueben (1909...
A friend, Matteo Vegetti referred this very interesting project to me a few weeks ago and whilst, I don't feature crowd funding projects on this blog, this particular one captured my imagination for its novelty, difficulty an...
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Charles Fréger | Queens of Cebu (Sinulog)
Photo ©  Charles Fréger -All Rights Reserved I chanced on the work of photographer Charles Fréger whose series of various ethnographic exotic (and not so exotic) communities, rituals and festivals are incredibly colorful.  Choosing a single portfolio from 5...
Photo © Charles Fréger-All Rights Reserved I chanced on the work of photographer Charles Fréger whose series of various ethnographic exotic (and not so exotic) communities, rituals and festivals are incredibly colorful.  Ch...
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Chin-Pao Chen | Betel Nut Girls
Photo © Chin-Pao Chen-All Rights Reserved In my travels to South and Southeast Asia, I've frequently come across the ubiquitous betel nut, and the people who are addicted to chewing it. Whether in India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Cambodia and Vietnam, betel nut che...
Photo © Chin-Pao Chen-All Rights Reserved In my travels to South and Southeast Asia, I've frequently come across the ubiquitous betel nut, and the people who are addicted to chewing it. Whether in India, Pakistan, Bhutan, Cam...
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Wow what a small world! I saw my friend in one of the albums (not this one).
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Fuji X-T1 | Fuji 56mm f/1.2 | Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8
Photo © 2015 Tewfic El-Sawy- X-T1 &  Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8   I rarely write up technical posts about the photographic gear I use when traveling, since there many more photographers who are better qualified than I am to do so. However, I thought I'd share my...
Photo © 2015 Tewfic El-Sawy- X-T1 & Fuji XF 16-55mm f/2.8  I rarely write up technical posts about the photographic gear I use when traveling, since there many more photographers who are better qualified than I am to do so. H...
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"The Fuji 56mm f/1.2 is the equivalent of a f/1.2 on an 85mm full frame" From a depth of field perspective, it's more like an 85 mm f/1.8 on full frame. You need to multiply by the same 1.5 factor.
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Nguyễn Vi | The Fortune Teller
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved Ms. Nguyễn Vi is a Cô Đồng, a fortune teller....a medium and a Hầu Đồng practitioner. Followers of this blog know of my ongoing project in Hanoi, which aims at documenting practitioners of the Đạo Mẫu religion, als...
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Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved Ms. Nguyễn Vi is a Cô Đồng, a fortune teller....a medium and a Hầu Đồng practitioner. Followers of this blog know of my ongoing project in Hanoi, which aims at documenting practition...
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POV: This Thing Called 'Vision'
In an interview about my photography a few weeks ago, I was asked what my vision was, and after figuratively scratching my head for a few seconds, I replied candidly and honestly (and possibly disconcertingly to the interviewer) as follows: "Vision? What vi...
In an interview about my photography a few weeks ago, I was asked what my vision was, and after figuratively scratching my head for a few seconds, I replied candidly and honestly (and possibly disconcertingly to the interview...
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Thought provoking +tewfic el-sawy.  Thanks for sharing.
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Marylise Vigneau | Havana | About Time 1 & 2
Photo © Marylise Vigneau-All Rights Reserved "In Havana, time is an unavoidable character. Destructive or facetious, sardonic or nostalgic, political or imaginary, irreverent in any case, time sprawls its texture and shadow all over the city." -Marylise Vig...
Photo © Marylise Vigneau-All Rights Reserved "In Havana, time is an unavoidable character. Destructive or facetious, sardonic or nostalgic, political or imaginary, irreverent in any case, time sprawls its texture and shadow ...
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POV | Bali's Foundry Photojournalism Workshop 2015
Presenting My Photo Essays on Balinese Ceremonies/Photo © Neal Jackson-All Rights Reserved Because of reasons beyond my control, as well as having to be in Hanoi for a few days on my personal assignment, I barely made it to Foundry Photojournalism Workshop ...
Presenting My Photo Essays on Balinese Ceremonies/Photo © Neal Jackson-All Rights Reserved Because of reasons beyond my control, as well as having to be in Hanoi for a few days on my personal assignment, I barely made it to F...
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Soegee Sugiarto | Tari Kecak
Here is Tari Kecak, a multimedia project produced in its entirety by Soegee Sugiarto during my The Travel Documentary : Sound & Image class at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Bali. The project was produced in class using Soundslides software, and th...
Here is Tari Kecak, a multimedia project produced in its entirety by Soegee Sugiarto during my The Travel Documentary : Sound & Image class at the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Bali. The project was produced in class us...
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Roger Anis | Closet Full of Dreams
Photo © Roger Anis-All Rights Reserved "To be a woman in Egypt is to live with the crushing inevitability of sexual harassment. The magnitude of the problem is epidemic, with 99.3% of Egyptian women having been sexually harassed, according to a 2013 U.N. Wo...
Photo © Roger Anis-All Rights Reserved "To be a woman in Egypt is to live with the crushing inevitability of sexual harassment. The magnitude of the problem is epidemic, with 99.3% of Egyptian women having been sexually hara...
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A Fuji X-T1 In Bali | Kuningan Ceremonies & More
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved A lighter load than usual in the number of students in my class during the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Bali gave me the opportunity to photograph the various religious festivities on the island which took p...
Photo © Tewfic El-Sawy-All Rights Reserved A lighter load than usual in the number of students in my class during the Foundry Photojournalism Workshop in Bali gave me the opportunity to photograph the various religious festiv...
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Informative and educational as ever +tewfic el-sawy . Thanks too for the information on the XT-1 and lens use. 
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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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