Comrades, a set of photographic portraits, invites the viewer to come face to face with the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and trans-gendered men and women of Shanghai. The subjects are shown in decontextualized space, their personal stories withheld. Together, they are rendered uniform and anonymous; yet, each face contains a distinct reading. Comrades raises questions of individuality vs. collectivity, personal identity vs. social identity, and the private vs. the open.
“同志”,一组肖像摄影,使观众与来自上海的男同性恋 者、女同性恋者、双性恋者与跨性别者面面相观。 “同志”的主题在独立于情境的空间中展示出来,个人的故 事则被隐而不露。这些照片放在一起时,呈现的是这一 群体的一致性和匿名性;然而,分开看,群体中的每张 脸孔又是鲜明的,独特的。 “同志”引发的是个人与集体,私人身份与社会身份以及隐 晦与公开的问题。
The full portfolio is also online on the website : http://timfranco.photoshelter.com/gallery/comrades/G0000Mkn67Kb5VUo/
In Northern Laos, chinese mafias have taken advantage of the good relations between the countries to run a business that is loved by chinese but forbidden by its government: gambling… By dealing concessions in Laos directly with the local government, and then by using screen companies , they ve started a profitable, yet dangerous business in a country of strong Buddhist traditions. Here is the stories in photos of Chinese in northern laos:
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The population of Laos is one of the smallest in Asia. With only 7 millions people, the country has kept its tradition and a very slow modernisation. For the past few years, chinese citizen have come numerous and with different hopes. From personal business growth, to cooperation missions, the country is definitly going through a faster modernisation and Vientiane, its capital city, is the first witness of those recent change.
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full page gallery – Chinese in Vientiane