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    As seen through the lens of an insider

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 16/09/2012

    » Over the course of 25 years covering Myanmar and Southeast Asia as a photojournalist, Thierry Falise has come under fire from Lao militia, been hit by shrapnel covering riots in Bangkok and come face to face with a diminutive follower of the 10-year-old twins commanding God's Army who would stand on a chair to beat his wife.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Thai eyes capture the world

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 30/09/2012

    » Tourists often come to the Kingdom armed with heavy camera gear and return home after a week or two with hundreds or thousands of photographs from one of the most photogenic countries on Earth. They are a common, accepted feature at many temples and sights. A similar, but less represented institution is the army of Thai photographers _ professionals, aspiring amateurs and snapshot tourists _ who now travel the world recording their impressions.

  • NEWS

    Dead child walking

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 22/07/2012

    » Just returned from a visit to Bangkok's notorious Bang Kwang prison, Toshi Kazama is ready to talk about criminal justice. On a rainy evening at the Foreign Correspondents' Club last week, the Japanese-born photographer shows slides of his photographs of juvenile offenders and speaks about the complexities of capital punishment. He has been photographing young people on death row since 1996, mostly in the US, where he has lived since the age of 15, and more recently across Asia.

  • NEWS

    For-profit business model sees citizens reap dividends

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 03/06/2012

    » In Yangon an organisation, FXB Myanmar, gives vocational training and business opportunities to HIV-positive workers and women rescued from the Thai sex industry. A manufacturer of affordable foot pumps for irrigation, Proximity Designs, has a network of distribution channels to upcountry farmers that NGOs and government organisations envy. BusinessKind-Myanmar sells low-cost mosquito netting in malarial and dengue fever regions, and half of its work force is also HIV-positive. Myanmar Business Executives provides low-interest microcredit and networking outlets to needy individuals and organisations.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Come to Bangkok and show me What you see

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 22/04/2012

    » An exhibition at Le Meridien, Bangkok, titled ''A New Perspective on Photography: A Look through Bangkok'', is the result of a three-day workshop with renowned lensman Ralph Gibson and nine photographers from Thailand, Cambodia, India, China and Hong Kong.

  • NEWS

    A mercenary's tale

    Spectrum, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 06/05/2012

    » Peter Slade was once in prison for five years on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit another murder and attempting to overthrow a foreign government _ partly a victim, he says, of a corrupt Australian judicial system. He fought in the Vietnam War, was a security contractor in 1973 Rhodesia, a debt collector at home in Melbourne and as far afield as Nigeria, and arrived in reconstruction-era Cambodia and Iraq without connections but a desire to start anew, in stints that would last some seven years each. He witnessed first-hand the Bangkok coup that killed journalists Neil Davis and Bill Latch in 1985 and was on the beach in Patong the morning the tsunami struck Phuket in 2004.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Reality Check

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 13/05/2012

    » She was a part-time musician working in a New York coffee shop when a friend pressured her to audition for an obscure new reality TV show. She reluctantly gave it a shot and two months later was singing to more than 12 million television viewers in the finals of The Voice.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Finding freedom in fusion

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 04/03/2012

    » Last week, Chiang Mai-based artist Pakitsilp Varamissara had three exhibitions concurrently running in the capital, comprising some 200 works from a career spanning 30 years.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Saying it with smiles

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 18/03/2012

    » Western photography of Asia can be gritty, featuring people living in wretched conditions as a way to draw attention to their plights. But Thai photojournalist Bhanuwat Jittivuthikarn took a different approach to his subjects when he travelled the continent. "Yes there are many issues that require awareness, but I want to do it by showing a lighter side of humanity," he said.

  • LIFESTYLE

    Living in an upside-down world

    Brunch, Ezra Kyrill Erker, Published on 04/03/2012

    » Another exhibition organised as part of La Fete is an unusual series of photographs being displayed at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. In the images, a man wearing a black suit stands horizontally on a tree trunk, hangs suspended against the sky as a rope coils beneath him or leans over a balcony perpendicular to the Hong Kong skyline. What does it all mean?

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