Recent work & professional musings
The Tiny Toones break dancing troupe was founded by Tuy Sobil, a.k.a. "KK", a 44 yr old Cambodian-American and former gang member from Long Beach, California who was deported from the United States in 2004. Working out of the Toul Tom Pong neighborhood in Phnom Penh, the Tiny Toone's house runs a drop-in center and community center for at-risk youth and street...more
Thinking about my old friend A.K. Kimoto who died 11 years ago this March from unexpected, natural causes at the age of 32. A young and talented photographer, with a heart of gold, AK impacted every life he touched and is dearly missed. After his death The New York Times published his work on opium addiction in Afghanistan, a...more
Links below to watch both of the episodes I was featured in for Arirang TV's "In Frame" series. The twelve-part series on Korea's national TV network followed mostly Magnum photographers around the country but when I was asked to do two episodes I agreed on one condition, I could photograph in the southern port city of Busan. I had been to Korea many times before but never to Busan and because it was where my wife was born, and later adopted...more
គ្រួសារ - KROUSAR - FAMILY
"As a young graduate student in photography in the early 1990s, Stuart Isett found himself on the corners of Argyle and Glenwood streets in Chicago, photographing Cambodian refugees who had settled on the city’s north side near his apartment. Isett entered a world which would define his practice, spending much of the next 25 years working in South East Asia, often returning to work on issues affecting the...more
So I went to the Washington Post's website today to see it open with a 25 year old photograph I took in Yangon, Myanmar (Rangoon, Burma) of Aung San Suu Kyi while on assignment for the Associated Press. Part of a story about the coup in Myanmar this week and Suu Kyi's failures as a leader.
What was strangest for me...more
In June, 2005 I worked on a self-funded project taking portraits of Chinese tourists and Beijing residents near the outer walls of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Using a Rollieflex 2 1/4 camera and Kodak Tri-X film, I wanted to shoot portraits of all the people who came to the palace for sightseeing or to relax near the massive palace complex. I worked with a translator, gathering names and asking where people traveled from but by the third...more
By the early 1990s over 150,000 Cambodian refugees had fled their country and settled in the United States, where many struggle in poverty to rebuild their shattered lives after 25 years of war and genocide; a war the United States has direct responsibility for starting. Many young Cambodians in America fall prey, though, to the world of guns and violence their families thought they’d left behind in Cambodia.
Starting in the...more
Boeing announced today that they will end 787 Dreamliner production in Washington State and will be moving all manufacturing to South Carolina, where a second line already exists. It's a a huge economic hit to the region, especially as Boeing's massive building in Everett will soon also lose 747 production when that ends in 2022. I was able to document the 787 Dreamliner's early development, test flights and delivery for various clients...more
Advice to young photographers? Always be moving, always be working. This is especially true when no work is coming in and you're struggling, because you never know what you might hit upon.
Here, an edit of images taken while wandering the streets of Beijing in the spring of 2000 with my Contax G2, doing some street photography. One of the last images of the day eventually made a book cover a few years later, Kerry Brown's "Struggling...more
I'm happy to announce I've finally overcome by resistance to using drones in my photography. I've been photographing from helicopters for years and always love getting up high with my Nikons and using some beautiful glass (lenses) to capture high resolution images. I was hesitant to use drones for stills for years because the quality just wasn't there but this summer I started seeing some still photography work from drones that helped me...more
It's no better time to remember the importance for photographers to look for small, local businesses to shoot for and not always be chasing the big name clients. It's always great to find a local business that is willing to invest in high quality work and recognizes how important that investment is to their business. The old adage holds true - you have to spend money to make money. This photo shoot was for...more
No nicer place to be in a newspaper than page one, above the fold. In Tuesday's Washington Post for a piece on vaccine trials for COVID-19 here in Seattle.
Ian Haydon (photographed here in Seattle) writing about the trials and errors of being injected with a covid-19 vaccine. You can read the full article...more
I’ve always been the kind of photographer who loves to take on any challenge, photographing many genres and styles of work. If I were a musician I could never stick to one style, I’d always be experimenting; bluegrass one day, heavy metal the next. My only consistent standard is to make images that are natural and authentic. My latest shoot for...more