Friday, 4 April 2008

Christopher Wise: Shangri-La

Photograph © Christopher Wise-All Rights Reserved

Five years ago Christopher Wise needed a change from his job as graphic designer in New York, closed his design studio, and moved to Bangkok.

As well as shooting editorial assignments for travel magazines, Christopher has also been pursuing personal stories on the effects of tourism on locations where tourists and locals coexist on an ongoing basis. His images have appeared in Esquire, GQ, Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller, Gourmet, Departures and Men's Vogue.

Im view of the current events in Tibet, I chose chose Christopher's photo essay titled Shangri-La which includes images from Tibet, Zhongdian, and Litang in China. However, have a look at the rest of Christopher's galleries which include Angkor Wat and Pattaya. The essay on Angkor Wat in particular delves into "the corrosive effect of tourists on local communities, for the evidence demonstrates that "destinations" in the developing world reap little from tourism."

Christopher Wise's Shangri La