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James Whitlow Delano June 6, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Burma.
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Villagers in Nawpyando brace themselves against the odor of death wafting up from corpses, animal and human, that the tide has brought into the Irrawaddy River Delta following Cyclone Nargis, Burma.

James Whitlow Delano recently returned from Burma with photographs that the world should see. His work in Afghanistan was awarded 1st place in the 2008 NPPA Best of Photojournalism competition for Best Picture Story (large markets). He received the Alfred Eisenstaedt (Eisie) Award administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and presented by Life Magazine, for work done in China. His photographs have also received the Award of Excellence three times from Communication Arts Photography Annual for work done in China, West Africa and monograph book publishing. James has been cited with awards in the PDN Photography Annual five times. Delano’s 2003 Three Gorges and 2004 Shenzhen, China projects have been cited with Picture of the Year International awards. He lives in Tokyo.

About the Photograph:

“Three days of driving rain had already begun to ruin the dry season rice harvest, leaving the crop under water, before I returned to Yangon from Bago on the day the cyclone struck. I was in Myanmar (Burma) entirely by chance, working for a South Korean client on a documentary on the lives of two men living in exile since the 1988 crackdown. I was photographing places and things that represented their lives in Burma. Then the storm turned everything on its head.” Follow these links to read more of Delano’s account and photos from Burma.

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