I flew into Beijing with the TBWA team to meet Lu Chuan, the first of my six subjects for Martell’s Join the New Elegance campaign.
Outside the window, tall birch trees gradually shrank, becoming shrubs; soon only twigs stuck out of the snow. When, finally, darkness enshrouds landscape of ice and snow, we knew we had arrived in the extreme North.
In 2012, French spirits company Pernod Ricard commissioned me to highlight its efforts empowering locals in Dimen village, in China’s impoverished Guizhou province, to retain their culture through skilled marketing of traditional craftsmanship.
In 2010 and 2011, OXFAM approached me to work with them on a campaign to raise awareness of the economic stagnation and crumbling welfare that was plaguing post-Soviet countries, 20 years after the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
In April of this year the New York Times assigned me to explore in a series of 20 photographs the new Chinese leadership’s dramatic, history-making plan to turn 250 million farmers into city dwellers in the coming 12 years.
Chernobyl marks 30 years after the nuclear catastrophe that scarred our conscience. The Soviet government hushed the news for 36 hours, leading to the irradiation of large nearby populations. Today, the area is still sealed inside an exclusion zone, the towns and villages ghostly. For this story, I met displaced residents scattered across Ukraine, with many second or third generation children displaying unusually high cases of genetic diseases. Posted by | View Post | View Group
Part II of my photo story “Uprooted”, about China’s sweeping urbanisation, published yesterday in the Post Magazine in Hong Kong. Posted by | View Post | View Group
Tomorrow is the first day the schools open after the weekend lockdown, while Brussels is still expecting a “serious and imminent threat”. Posted by | View Post | View Group
Brussels in a security lockdown after terrorism treat raised to the highest level. Posted by | View Post | View Group
Published in this week’s Time Magazine, this is an independent project I embarked on some years ago with trepidation; after many trips, the Arctic has become a place I love and will continue to go back to. Posted by | View Post | View Group
Shot in collaboration with Sony, this work is on exhibition in London’s Somerset House now with stories by other Panos photographers. Posted by | View Post | View Group
At a stimulating dinner with guest speaker Professor Alain Wijffels (Caius, Churchill, Trinity Hall) in Brussels, organised by Rupert Carter and Caroline Laske for the University of Cambridge Society of Belgium. Posted by | View Post | View Group
A photo of mine in stern magazine. The picture was shot at a gas drilling well near the Pechora River in Arctic Russia. Posted by | View Post | View Group
A little boy learns to climb. There are no mountains in the tundra so the families improvise with their yurts.#Arctic http://t.co/EvoBSGjJ3N Posted by | View Post | View Group
Christmas greetings from Rudolph who has been relieved of his antlers (to make soup in China). Posted by | View Post | View Group