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About
Since 2002, I have been involved in a project documenting lifestyle and changes in small villages in Luang Namtha province, in Northern Laos (Lao People's Democratic Republic.

Initially I have been reluctant to put these photos on the net, but growing pressure from many people who have seen my work has finally convinced me to make some available.

This page is in the process of being developed, so in the next month or so it may not show very much. I have made about 100000 exposures over the past 7 years, and hope to share a few of these on this site.

Many of these photos contain people. I do not take anyone's photograph if the indicate they do not want this to happen. Almost every person I have photographed for this project has received back a copy of their photo, usuallly laminated, often 6x8". Many villagers have few or no pictures of themselves, and are extremely happy to receive one. I strongly encourage anyone who comes to remote places like this and likes to take photos of people to do the same.


For more information about Luang Namtha, see http:/​/​www.​luangnamtha.​com/​

How it all started

I wrote a 1500 word introduction to explain how the project started, and what my purpose was. then i found that for all its wonderful aspects, Zenfolio cannot take more then about 300 words per comment.
So I posted it on ThingsAsian:

http://www.thingsasian.com/stories-photos/21321

I receievd a lot of questions about how I get my photographs, so wrote another article:

http://www.thingsasian.com/stories-photos/21500

Another relevant site : http:/​/​www.​bryanwatt.​com

The cookbook is out: http:/​/​www.​foodfromnorthernlaos.​com
 
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Guestbook for Kees Sprengers - Ethnic Diversity in Luang Namtha - Laos
14.Cena(non-registered)
Do you have a spam issue on this blog; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; we have developed some nice procedures and we are looking to swap methods with other folks, please shoot me an email if interested.
13.Sebastian Behrle(non-registered)
Hello Kees, wonderful pictures! We still have the photos you took of my family when I was living in Nalae, now attached to our fridge in our home in Denmark. Forever grateful! Sebastian, development worker in Nalae 2002-2006
12.christopher gilliatt(non-registered)
Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing. I'm doing a bike trip in January from Luang Prabang to Hanoi. Looking forward to the photo opportunities. I have been to Guatemala a couple of times, it is a photographic nirvana, at least for me. Like yourself, I would always show people the pictures of them I took and wherever possible, arrange to give them one. I was looking for things to take on my trip to give people, maybe I'll get one of those cameras that has the built-in printing capability, Fuji makes them I believe.
11.Vatthana Siamkha(non-registered)
Hi Kees, thanks for sharing your wonderful photographs.
I am quite new the world of photography so I need to learn from the good one like you.

Thanks a lot for your good comments on my photos in laophotographers.zenfolio

Vatthana
10.Laos Tours(non-registered)
Hop-on hop-off Laos backpacker bus service goes well off the beaten track for local culture and alternative activities – and unlike an ordinary Laos tour you have the option to get off and stay longer in any place.
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