Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kenro Izu Angkor Hospital for Children Siem Reap Cambodia

I had the pleasure of working with and photographing Kenro Izu an internationally acclaimed Japanese photographer & humanitarian known best for his photographs of sacred places. Ten years ago, during a series of trips to photograph the Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia, Kenro was moved by his encounters with children disfigured by landmines and in need of medical care. As a way of returning something to Cambodia, he founded a nonprofit organization, Friends Without A Border, and built the Angkor Hospital for Children in 1999. Since that time, the hospital has treated over 560,000 children.

Kenro and I spent a few days together, and visited several of his favorite temples, so that I could photograph him for an article in the June 2009 issue of Town and Country Magazine. It was a typical, hot day in Siem Reap, so Kenro and I took a short break and enjoyed a cold Angkor beer.

For a look at the published article click here

Fun in Myanmar (Burma)

Last year (2008) during my Myanmar photo tour, I was sitting in the shade at the foot of Mingun Pagoda enjoying a Coke when a Buddhist monk drove up in a home made truck with a load of Burmese folks in the back. Being one of the few foreigners around (tourism was way down due to political unrest and cyclone Nargis), he and I started chatting. I commented on his truck and he immediately said "let's go for a ride", so I said sure and walked over to the passenger side of the truck to get in. Before I could get in and sit down he said, no you drive!
The full story and more photos here: