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woman walking in the old town

Best of 2017

By Etienne / December 20, 2017 / 12 Comments

I know the year is not over yet, but as I am sitting home with the rain hitting the windows I can’t help but feel melancholic about all the great adventures that happened earlier in the year.   After running almost 200 photography tours around Hoi An with Hoi An Photo Tour & Workshop, 6 3-day…

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farmer in a rice field in Vietnam

The last two "quiet" months

By Etienne / August 1, 2017 / 6 Comments

June and July are always a low time for me. It is low season in Hoi An and I run less half day photography tours. This is usually a time I become very lazy and catch up on sleep and think about the months to come. I do feel like I have been working less,…

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Isfahan mosque

A travel photographer in Iran

By Etienne / May 29, 2017 / 4 Comments

Last year I spent 3 weeks traveling through Iran, as a recon mission for my upcoming photography tour. I am now in the process of preparing for my first Iran photo workshop, coming this October (so excited!). It is truly an amazing country and I can hardly wait to be back with a group of…

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10 reasons why Bangladesh is THE best place on Earth for people photography

By Etienne / February 7, 2017 / 5 Comments

10 reasons why Bangladesh is the best country in the world to improve your people photography skills   After my second visit to Bangladesh, I love it even more than before! I recently ran my first photography tour there and, watching the participants enjoy themselves so much and dramatically develop their people photography skills at…

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The ethics of Travel Photography

By Etienne / December 9, 2016 / 10 Comments

Last week while I was traveling with my group into Bangladesh I received a link to an article from my friend Thierry. The article was written by Amanda Machado and talks about the ethics of taking photos when traveling to developing countries. I read the article before heading outside and didn’t think much about it…

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3 men sitting in the street in Iran

First impressions of Iran

By Etienne / June 11, 2016 / 6 Comments

I have only been here for 5 days and have kept myself very busy (or have let people keeping me very busy) but here are my first impressions about Iran.   Having been living in South East Asia for almost 10 years this is surely the most unusual landscapes I have ever seen. After landing…

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The shipyards of Dhaka

By Etienne / December 17, 2015 / 1 Comment

Last December while visiting Bangladesh, I had the chance to stumble upon the shipyards of South Dhaka early morning. After having spent only 1 day in Bangladesh it was a big shock to face these very poor working conditions, but the friendliness of the people made up for it. At about 7 am, people gather…

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Drew Hopper photography

Meet Drew Hopper

By Etienne / December 15, 2015 / 1 Comment

Here comes a very interesting interview of a great photographer and friend. I met Drew about 2 years ago in Hoi An when he joined one of my morning photography workshops. We then met up a few more times over coffee, and quickly became good friends. So when I mentioned that I was heading to Myanmar…

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A young Bengali boy with green eyes

Photography in Bangladesh

By Etienne / December 11, 2015 / 3 Comments

Sitting in a cafe in Dhaka, about to catch my flight back to Vietnam, it is a time to think about this amazing trip in Bangladesh that is ending. After much expectations about the place there is no way I could be disappointed, and it is actually quite the opposite.   The first thing that…

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Alexandre Sattler photo

Meet Alexandre Sattler

By Etienne / September 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

I will regularly interview a photographer I know as I am sure it is interesting to hear from many different points of views, about photography, the way people do it, travel, approach people, and some tips for the ones who wish to learn.  Today I met with Alexandre Sattler. We had been in touch via…

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