One of the images in this haunting photo essay by Tommaso Protti shows a looping stretch of the Amazon River, grand and primordial. We see the river flowing in all its mightiness toward a horizon line concealed in a bank of rain clouds, or perhaps morning mist. The image is a reaffirmation of a natural region that we know to be under threat, one which we hold dear as one of the planet’s last wild places, and the photograph shows it to us as we like to imagine it: no roads score its land surface, no electrical pylons mar the blanket of forest. No hand of man is visible. To see more of Tommaso Protti images and read more of Jon Lee Anderson work. Click here for The New Yorker story.
My Khlong San Studio is in the heart of the Bangkok creative district nestled along the banks Chao Phraya river, the studio is designed for creative people who feel they’d like to share ideas, build on their existing skill sets and develop their own projects. With brilliant light pouring in makes for a wonderful working environment.
If interested please send your application to email@example.com with a brief description of why you feel you would like to be a part of the Khlong San Studio and a selection of your work.
A lovely big 1×2 meter desk is 8000 baht per month in its own 12.5 sqm section of an open plan studio, the price is all inclusive, WiFi, cleaner, and etc..
The studio is limited only to 4 places with a 1-month evaluation period after which both sides can decide if they want to continue the collaboration. Once agreed upon a 2 month deposit and 6 month commitment is required. Please contact my studio manager at firstname.lastname@example.org
I was lucky enough to meet up Jo-Anne McArthur over skype, we had a chat about my views on photography and specifically working on Trading to Extinction, if you’re interested, click here to read Jo-Anne’s full interview.
The forests of Ratanakiri province have been supporting indigenous families for centuries. Now, foreign investors and national companies are keen on reaping profits from indigenous lands. As villagers learn to defend their rights, the stakes couldn’t be higher: at risk are individual lives and an entire culture.
A project I worked on early this year with Chris Hufstader the chef writer for OXFAM America, a great story about how the indigenous people of Cambodia are fighting to keep their culture and lands alive. If you’re interested in knowing more please read the full story. Click here
Two years at sea, a brilliant documentary by director Ben Rivers and sound recordist Chu-li Shewring. Rivers prefers to shoot on an old, wind-up Bolex camera with black-and-white, 16mm film, which he then develops back in London in his kitchen sink. He has made some 20 shorts over the past decade, and they are generally free of narrative, drama and character development.
I first watched Two Years At Sea at the Danish Film institute in Copenhagen a couple of years ago, I watched it again this morning and it’s still as fresh as it was when I first saw it, this film gives the viewers plenty to do.
Nothing is explained: who we’re watching, where he is, why he lives like this, whether it’s real or not. Even the title is a mystery. Director Ben Rivers and sound recordist Chu-li Shewring take you into Williams life as he goes about his lone existence: making coffee, having a shower, reading a book. Except nothing about this man’s life is ordinary. His house is a cross between a bric-a-brac shop and a municipal dump, every corner filled with old books and records, tools, farm machinery, skis, oil lamps, woodpiles. And around his small plot are decaying caravans filled with even more junk. His “shower” is a system of hoses and taps rigged up by the kitchen window. It doesn’t matter. There’s no one else around.”
I love this film, it’s a pure documentary, simply observing life – a must watch.
After watching what I feel is one the best films movies around to today and I’m sure it will stand the test of time, Revenant. Amazing performances not just by the stars but by the whole cast which are beautifully complemented by Emmanuel Lubezki cinematography, it’s brilliant and very clever. The opening titles for example are so simple yet very clever as he brings the audience in contact with the details of this amazing landscape, which is at times breathtaking.
Here’s a great quote – By Alejandro G. Iñárritu – the director, producer, screenwriter. he insistent that computer-generated imagery not be used to enhance the film, stating: “If we ended up in green screen with coffee and everybody having a good time, everybody will be happy, but most likely the film would be a piece of shit……
I had a quick catch up with my Panos sister the one and only Chloe Dewe Mathews over email, as always Chloe isn’t one for talking about herself or her work – So I’m going to. If you don’t know her work – her work has a beautiful depth to it, for me the pleasure in Chloe’s work is not in the revealing or critiquing of anything, but in the sheer abundance of beauty is beautiful, it this that make’s you the audience breath, a kind of emotional trigger if you like. To see Chloe’s work visit her site or if you’re lucky enough visit one of the many exhibition she’ll be having in the coming months.
I woke this morning to this wonderful review of the HOPE exhibition by Reportage, it means a lot to me as this is the first time HOPE has been shown as a completed body of work and it’s the first HOPE has been publicly reviewed and secondly by an institution I deeply respect. To read the full review please visit the Reportage web site.
The HOPE exhibition runs until 17th of Oct – at The Jam Factory Gallery in Bangkok.
41/5 Charoen Nakhon Road,
Bangkok 10600, Thailand
The HOPE project at Jam Factory in Bangkok, Thailand
I’l be exhibiting my long-term HOPE project, a photographic series “about the vulnerability of human existence on the planet”.
The opening night is Thursday the 17th of September at 1900hr
The Jam Factory Gallery
41/1-5 Charoennakorn Rd
Klongsan, Bangkok 10600
from 18 September to 17 October 2015.
I’ll explains a little bit about the project: “The ambition is to photograph environments that are very difficult for humans to exist in, places that are beautiful in their starkness. These environments are where hope and optimism are inextricably joined to doubt and uncertainty. Also, it is the lack of human evidence in these images, that emphasises the vulnerability of humans on this planet.”
I’ve also making the poster down loadable just click here once at the image click on it once, then right click and start down loading.
I’ve been working on my up and coming exhibition HOPE which will be opening at the Jam Factory in Bangkok on the 17th September and run until the 17th of October. This instillation will be the first time that the complete body of work of HOPE will be seen, so if you’re in Bangkok on the 17th Sept you’re more than welcome to swing by. For more information about HOPE and future projects please subscribe to my newsletter by clicking here
TRADING TO EXTINCTION
Book launch and exhibition
Hosted by Soy Sauce Factory
Time: 7:00 pm
Address; Soi 24 Charoenkrung road,
Bangkok, Thailand 10500
Trading to Extinction book selected by AmericanPhoto, as one of the of best documentary books of 2014.
The book explores the sad truths behind this multi billion-dollar industry and is one of the most comprehensive photographic documents on the wildlife trade, spanning more than 10 years and offering a rare view into this illicit business. It is a shocking tale of cruelty, crime and human greed. This is an industry which, like the drugs trade, is fuelled by money, and whose tentacles encircle the world, from the remote forests of Asia to the trafficking hubs of Beijing, Bangkok, London, Tokyo and New York.
For those who are living or passing through Bangkok and are looking for something to do on Friday night the 29th of May, Soy Sauce Factory will be hosting Trading to Extinction book launch and exhibition. Please feel free to invite and spread the word, I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Thanks Patrick
A brilliant initiative brought on by my Panos brother Brian Sokol, please get behind this initiative, not only are you going help people in need but you’re also going to get gorgeous print too, a win win.
Brian Sokol, Panos Pictures, the World Photography Organisation and theprintspace partner to raise funds for the reconstruction of Nepal following the deadly earthquake of 25 April.
Visit the fundraising print sale page here
We will be donating all profits from print sales in support of this fundraiser for the victims of the Nepal earthquake. All fine art archival prints will be produced by theprintspace, official print partner of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards.
Please share thanks pb
It’s a real honour to have the Trading to Extinction body of work nominated for the Prix Pictet award.
Founded by the Pictet Group in 2008, the Prix Pictet has rapidly established itself as the world’s leading prize in photography and sustainability. The award aims to uncover outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today.
It’s a real honour for me that Trading to Extinction has been selected by AmericanPhoto, as one of the 13 best documentary photo-books of 2014.
For the full list of selected books click here
To order your copy of Trading to Extinction standard edition please contact Dewi Lewis Publishing visit their web site
To order a copy of the limited editing please contact my studio: email@example.com
Published February 2014, by Dewi Lewis Publishing
300mm x 225mm
168 pages, 115 duotone photographs,
150gsm Gardapat Kiara, a Hardback
Limited edition of 150 copies, with a signed and numbered 8×10 inch fiber base print.
To have a sneak preview in the book please visit Vimeo
The Guardian have a run a very interesting story about the band Garbage which have sold over 17 million albums world wide and wanting to use a photographers image, but not pay for it. Read the open letter that Pat Pope wrote back to management of Garbage. – full story here
On a personal note regarding this matter: There is an NGO that would like to use my images from the Trading to Extinction project, for an up and coming campaign, as they’re an NGO I offered them a 35 images on a 3 year global license on all platforms, at 3000 USD, that is 28 USD per image per year. Their reply was we want to use them but for free. Imagine the same NGO asking a consultant with over decade of first hand experience, who’s work has been published world wide and has a number of books that have been published on the subject, two of which were voted by CNN in 2014 as the 5th and 6th most important books on the illegal animal trade. We want you to work for us, the salary is zero, you’re name will be on the paper…
Late last year I worked with a team from OXFAM America to the farthest northeast corner of Cambodia. We travelled past the Se San river too a few kilometers from the Vietnam border, is a village of 237 indigenous Jerai families called Taing Se.Most of the area even in this most remote corner of Ratanakiri province is being clear cut, burned, and replaced by rubber trees and cassava, but there are still some forests around Taing Se.
Glen Poch, 28, with her nephew in Taing Se. She says her village has the right to manage their communal lands. “I don’t want anyone invading these lands.” Photo by Patrick Brown/Panos for Oxfam America.
I’ve been asked to take part in group interview conducted by Alison Zavos from that will be released once a week on Feature Shoot. The first question was, Has there ever been a time when you felt guilty for taking a photograph?
A group of emergence staff at Royal Perth Hospital watch monitors to see if there is any sign of life, the team have been trying to restitute an elder man for 30 min, he was admitted to hospital after collapsing at home, the man was pronounced dead 2 mins after this photo was taken. 1997 Perth, Western Australia. Patrick Brown © Panos Pictures
Here’s my answer:
Not really, but there has been times when I’ve felt it was wrong to take a photo. Early on in my career, I worked on a self-funded project about the busiest hospital in Western Australia, Royal Perth Hospital. The Hospital gave me unprecedented access to all aspects of the hospital – I hadn’t long started the project when I was in the cardiology unit one evening when an elderly lady was dying. She had lost consciousness, and her body was taking the very last breaths. I didn’t take one photo. It sounds very strange to talk about this so many years later; however, I saw death for the first time. It didn’t scare me, but I did realise that the body is just a vehicle. I felt guilty afterwords for watching this very private event happen. The doctors and the nurses never once asked me to leave the room or told me I couldn’t take photos, but it felt wrong for me to do so. A form of guilt, I suppose.
Full story click here:
A very interesting and an inspiring documentary about one the most compassionate photographers of our generation, the Japanese photographer Kosuke Okahara. Early on in the film there’s an interview with Jean-Francois Leroy the Perpignan photo festival director and I just love how he describes Kosuke, “He’s a pit bull when it comes to photo’s”. I’m very lucky to able to call this pit bull a friend. If want to see more of Kosuke incredible body of work please visit his web site <click here>
To see the documentary please click below
I’m very honoured for my work to be associated with Reportage? and the other photographers, I take my hat off to the founders David Dare Parker?, Jack Picone? and Stephen Dupont?.
Reportage will be featuring images from the photographers using Instagram and photographers who have participated in past festivals. Stay tuned for this and regular Reportage feed takeovers.
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A young boy rides a small horse at the mouth of the Salween River in Burma.