What I am reading this week

The first reading list of 2012! Enjoy.

Invisible Photographer Asia has put together their top 10 most popular photo essays  ranging from Thailand’s lady boys, post-Tsunami Japan, religion in India to Dubai’s migrant workers. IPA has gone from strength to strength in their influence and promoting the work of Asia’s photographers. If you do not already follow their work, I urge you to make it a 2012 resolution.

– In the same vien, Time’s Lightbox puts together their best photojournalism essays for 2011. This is the equivalent of sitting down with a nice thick magazine with a hot cuppa. Enjoy!

– As we approach Chinese New Year where millions are preparing the long journey home to celebrate with their families, we are also reminded of the almost 58 million children left behind by migrant workers in China working hard to support families back home. Excellant series of migrant workers posing with blown up profiles of their children.

– Myrto Papadopoulos shows her initial work of “The New Plastic Road” which follows Liu Xin Jun, a Chinese truck driver, and Davlat, a Tajik merchandiser, along a trade route in the Pamir Mountains. In Lens, her work largely focuses in Tajikistan’s Badakhshan which suffers from the basic necessities. I look forward to the China portion of her work in due course.

– The Afghan Box Camera Project by Lukas Birk & Sean Foley provides a record of the kamra-e-faoree (instant camera) which as a living form of photography is on the brink of disappearing in Afghanistan. Fascinating insight into the the culture and history of photography in the country.

– I haven’t the greatest of urges to visit Hong Kong, despite living there for a summer, if food and shopping are the only reasons you can give me. Upon discovering these beautiful maps of Hong Kong’s heritage trails, in both English and Chinese, I’m looking into tickets right now. An excellant example of a public service good that is well designed and user friendly.

– Another day, another street photography collective. But this time made up of India’s best talent. I am always a fan of promoting the talent and great works of photographers from emerging countries. As always, I pose the question, are the perspectives very different? A very democratic street photography collective of Chinese talent exists over at Zaijietou (which means “in the streets” in Chinese).

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