Asian Lives

A Closer Look

Ishu Patel


An intimate look at the lives of Asia’s people, from an award-winning film director and protégé of Henri Cartier-Bresson

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In 2011, adhering to his mentor Henri Cartier-Bresson’s mantra to ‘photograph the truth’, filmmaker Ishu Patel embarked on a photographic journey through both rural and urban southeast Asia.

The result is a collection of powerfully thought-provoking photographs, mainly in black and white, that tell a story, seize a moment in life or are a witness to joy, struggle or human dignity. Never political or judgmental, the collection comprises Patel’s homage to the unsung lives of ordinary Asians, many of whom are increasingly overlooked in today’s fast-changing world.

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Format: Hardback

Size: 29.4 x 27.0 cm

Extent: 192 pp

Publication date: 8 September 2016

ISBN: 9780500519240

Contents List

Preface • Introduction • India • Laos • Cambodia • Indonesia • Bali • Sulawesi Sumatra • Malaysia • Myanmar • Singapore • Vietnam • Thailand • China My Time with Cartier-Bresson

About the Author

Ishu Patel is an acclaimed animation film director/producer and educator whose films have received theatrical and television distribution worldwide. His many international awards include two Oscar nominations, the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the British Academy Award, and the Grand Prix at both Annecy and the Montreal World Film Festival. Photography has been a parallel passion. His experience as Cartier-Bresson’s ‘guide’ in mid-1960s India shaped much of Patel’s own approach toward teaching and seeing through the viewfinder.