A Day in the Life – Photo Moments of a Territorial Agnostic

Where it all started – standing atop a sand dune in the Draa Valley around Zagora in southern Morrocco in 1992. It looked and was unbearably romantic. I can still smell the sand today. Zagora was to become one of the main locations for the shoot of Paul Bowles‘ incredible novel The Sheltering Sky which […]

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British Library holds a significant collection of Lao material – including unpublished recordings of remote populations by Tom Vater

Hmong Lao Khaen player in Vientiane 2001 The British Library holds a small but significant collection of Lao material, consisting of manuscripts, rare printed books, periodicals and post cards, mainly acquired after 1973. However, the oldest items in Lao language date back to the 19th century. The earliest book about Laos is in Italian and […]

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Annual Reading Competition at Banphed School in Issan

Just got back from the 3rd annual reading competition that my wife, photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat organizes in Banphed Village, Issan, Thailand. This year, three publishers and several donors took part. 25 students won prizes and the school library was restocked with new titles. I got to read a short story, The Monkey in a Murder […]

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Sacred Skin in 8 Page Spread in Taiwan Tattoo Magazine

Taiwan’s tattoo magazine Extreme Tattoo featured an 8 page spread on Sacred Skin in its December Issue!!! The spread includes many images from the book and an interview with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat. Sacred tattoos, called sak yant in Thailand, have been around Southeast Asia for centuries and afford protection from accident, misfortune, and crime. Young […]

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Im Tempel der tätowierenden Mönche im ORF30 Minutes of Sacred Skin on Austrian radio!!!

In ein thailändisches Kloster, ins Wat Bang Phra, kommen Gläubige, um sich tätowieren zu lassen. Buddhistische Mönche übertragen mit den heiligen Tätowierungen spirituelle Kräfte. Dem Volksglauben nach mobilisieren diese magischen Tatoos verborgene Energien. Ernst Weber besuchte vor einigen Jahren das Kloster mit dem deutschen Schriftsteller Tom Vater und dessen Frau Aroon. Aroon Thaewchatturat ist Ethnobotanikerin […]

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