Autrefois Maison Privée - Bill Burke

Yesterday I found Bill Burke's impressive book "Autrefois Maison Privée" in a bookstore. It is a very personal photographic journal of a trip through Indochina, concentrating on Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia. Mr. Burke wanted to understand more of the people that were considered the enemy by the United States over significant parts of the last century. The resulting collection of images has been created using large format Polaroid positive/negative film and is printed with very subtle warm toning. Each picture is provided with hand-written captions. All these elements contribute to breaking cultural barriers and to bring across the message that we are all people struggling with life and deserve respect. It is easy to see from the pictures that Mr. Burke has become emotionally touched by these people and their history.

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Photo: Brick production, Hanoi, 1995, by Bill Burke.

Photo: Brick production, Hanoi, 1995, by Bill Burke.