April in Panmunjom, North / South Korea

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) at Panmunjom was not as bad as they try to depict it. The North Korean guards looked sleepy and the South Korean soldiers theatrical.

The flight back to Hong Kong was on the newest “Dreamliner” Boeing, by Ethiopian Airlines.

BURN (war, love and death in Japan)

My third photobook. The pictures were shot in Japan between 2007 and 2011. The Bomb and its effects on the Japanese mind, body and soul.

BURN – Japan


BURN est un livre de mes photos personnelles que j’ai pris au Japon. La bombe et son effet sur l’esprit japonais.


Below are the rough snaps of some pages.














Fukuoka, Japan 03/11/11


Morning of March 11, 2011.  As I leave the house for my photoshoot, a massive earthquake takes place in Sendai, central Japan.


These two girls are dressed for  their graduation as I stop them for a picture. They do not look Japanese. Probably Korean. They are happy because nobody knows about the earthquake yet.

An hour later, as I reach Hakata, I understand that something is wrong. People are grabbing newspapers from the stacks that sit everywhere around the train station. I can see the large Kanji but I can’t read them. My first thought is that the local team won big. But I sense some panic in the air.

Finally, I stop a TV crew to ask. A guy tells me in broken English.  “Earth quake. Tsunami. Japan is in state of crisis now.” 

I don’t understand the seriousness of what happened because earthquakes are common in Japan.  It takes a while to gather all the details. That thousands were swept into the Sea by the tsunami.

The Fukushima story is yet to unfold. Nobody knows about the nuclear problem at this point.

There was a big event planned for that day: the opening ceremony of the Shinkansen line for the island of Kyushu.