Harry Fisch, polyglot and originally a lawyer and businessman, has been a photographer for more years than he cares to remember.
He has photographically documented more than 30 countries through which he has travelled , concentrating since 2002, on Asia, especially Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Nepal and India. His work has deserved several awards: Two Jury Awards in 2014 at the Grand Prix de la Découverte, France, Winner of the 2012 World National Geographic Photo Contest (places), and later disqualified, finalist in the Sony 2012 World Photo Awards and selected in 2010 by Photoespaña—possibly the most prestigious Spanish photographic event—in the section “Discoveries”. His work has also been published, among other publications, in “La lettre de la Photographie”, which was nominated best Blog of 2011 by the prestigious magazine LIFE. A leader of photographic expeditions to exotic destinations with his company Nomad Photo Expeditions. (www.nomadphotoexpeditions.com) he is currently developing different photographic projects related to the work in the bricks factories of Nepal and the spiritual activity at the churches in North Ethiopia.
A writer in different international photography publications, his interest in the photography of localities and cultural realities has seen him travel through the “Golden Triangle” between Laos, Burma and Thailand, and to such unusual events as the camel fair of Pushkar in India, sleeping in tents near poorly known fairs and lost towns in India, visiting the famous temples of Bagan in Myanmar or spending days in the lost salt mines in the desert of the Kutch. He has been to better known destinations like the home of the Kayan tribes in Mae Hon Song in the north of Thailand and lesser known places like the remote Jainist temples of Shutrenhaya in Palitana, or even a Gurudwara Shij temple lost on the last town on the south-east border of India.
Interested in Asian cultures different to those he has known, the more he sees and experiences the more curious he has become. He endeavours to build relationships with the people of a place, sharing as far as possible, their daily existence, listening to the ups and downs of their lives. He plans the expeditions from this perspective, looking for different locations—sometimes a nearby residence, or attending an event, or accepting an invitation that can make that contact more real and personal. He designs everything by researching and incorporating experiences from new destinations and anecdotes originating from friendships that have developed along the way, and that have been consolidated over the years. He studies localities, cultural events and experiences of human interest and photographic value, all documented through expeditions of travelers and documentary makers.
After years of travelling, he has come to the conclusion that technique and vision are indispensable tools, but that empathy, curiosity, pleasure through personal relationships are the determinants which enable photography to transmit so much more than a post card. If you want to share with Harry the pleasure of travelling, the discovery of hidden locations, people of different cultures and, most of all, the challenge of improving your photographic skills, visit www.nomadphotoexpeditions.com [Official Website]
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