• 11 Mar0
    Goodbye Pattaya

    Goodbye Pattaya

    I’m happy to leave Pattaya, the civic equivalent of a frat house bachelor party.  It earned its reputation as the sex capitol of the world, but I was more impressed by the devotion to beer. Acres, square miles are devoted to hundreds of open-air beer bars staffed by thousands of young and not so young […]

     
  • 9 Mar0
    The Playhouse Cabaret in Bangkok

    The Playhouse Cabaret in Bangkok

                  Although I had shot a ladyboy cabaret show on Koh Samui years ago, when Madhvee told me she had secured permission to photograph at the Playhouse in the Asia Hotel in Bangkok. I jumped at the chance.  The performers on Samui gave it their all, but the production […]

     
  • 6 Mar0
    Around Nana

    Around Nana

                  Last night Madhvee Deb and I walked from the Nana BTS station to Nana Plaza. Several ladyboys graciously consented to have their pictures taken. As usual, the sidewalks were jammed with stands selling all manner of clothing, knicknacks, and appalling artwork to a parade of tourists. At Nana […]

     
  • 8 Jan4

    Favorite Images from 2011

    Jim Goldstein suggested that his readers create galleries of their 5-10 favorite images from the last year. Since I spent most of my shooting time in SE Asia, with brief forays to Iceland, Ouray, and the American SW, I concentrated my selection on that area.    

     
  • 23 Dec0
    Sao Praphet Song: The Second Kind of Woman

    Sao Praphet Song: The Second Kind of Woman

      I had some time in Bangkok to work on my book on Thai transsexuals. I encountered Dia, an outgoing bar girl and occasional model who agreed to let me shoot her near her home. I wanted to get some shots of her without makeup or any preparation, but she insisted on a tight dress […]

     
  • 2 May0
    Tanwarin Sukkhapisit

    Tanwarin Sukkhapisit

    After flying in to Bangkok from Shanghai, I had time to clean up before interviewing and photographing Tanwarin Sukkhapisit, a transgendered filmmaker. She has won numerous awards for her films. Her current offering , Insects in the Backyard, concerns the struggles of a family as the father, played by Tanwarin, is revealed to be kathoey, […]

     
  • 17 Apr0
    Photographing Thailand's Ladyboys

    Photographing Thailand's Ladyboys

    I’m in my second season shooting for a book on the Ladyboys of Thailand, the country’s amazing transsexuals. Two things catch one’s attention here. First, the number of transsexuals seems unusually high, and second, some are beauty-contest lovely. It’s likely that the majority are prostitutes catering to North Asian and Northern European men. It turns […]

     
  • 16 Feb0
    Ladyboy Redux

    Ladyboy Redux

    Leah and I returned to Christy’s Cabaret to photograph preparations for the show, including drumming up business on the street near the club. We were both amazed at how gracious and accomodating the performers were, letting us shoot them in cramped quarters as they hurried to get ready.

     
  • 13 Feb0
    Ladyboy Cabaret, Koh Samui

    Ladyboy Cabaret, Koh Samui

    After spending a couple days laid low by heat and humidity, Leah and I were delighted to wallow in the air con comfort of the Best Western Amarinth hotel near the airport en route to Koh Samui. We had time for evening and morning workouts and to venture off the grounds for some street food, […]