I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner.
Elephants, long revered as national symbols in Thailand, are now under threat from all sides. In an effort to save scores of injured elephants that were victims of overwork, drugging, and other abuses, the Thai government and Friends of the Asian Elephant opened a Lampang elephant hospital in 1994. In addition to running the elephant hospital, Friends of the Asian Elephant provides rescue, rehabilitation, and treatment for elephants that are neglected, mistreated, ill, disabled, and seriously injured, and also try to assist elephants in returning to their natural habitat. Chien-Chi Chang visited them on two occasions to shed light on their work.
LAMPANG, Thailand—Motala, a cow elephant whose left foreleg was severely damaged after she stepped on a land mine, receives intensive care after her operation, 1999.
The U.S. detention camp at Guantanamo Bay has become a controversial flashpoint of America’s “war on terror.” Magnum Photographer Paolo Pellegrin photographed the camp and its prisoners extensively in 2006. He also documented former detainees in London, Kuwait, Bahrain and Afghanistan.
Blood, Nails and Prayers
by Philip Jones Griffiths
The Philippines is the largest Christian country in Asia—where devotees take their religion very seriously. The wilder excesses of the faith are best seen during Easter festivities, when depictions of Christ's last days and re-enactments of obscure biblical stories culminate with human blood flying off the backs of self-flagellants and real crucifixions performed using six inch nails.
Abbas is known for his in-depth coverage of monotheistic religions. Evolving from such work, this book takes you on his journey of discovery through a world less familiar, that of polytheistic and pagan rituals and their adherents.