Burmese Light: Impressions of the Golden Land (Burma - Myanmar) is a photographic introduction to Burma or Myanmar, as the country is currently called, the mysterious land behind the Bamboo Curtain. Stunning images by award-winning photographer Hans Kemp, paired with an insightful text by well-known author Tom Vater, take the reader on a journey through a fascinating country slowly but steadily emerging from a long period of involuntarily isolation. The 208-page book features all the country's famous sights, its colorful people and its multitude of customs, and leaves the reader with only one wish: to pay a visit to this amazing Golden Land.
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"Whether you are planning a visit or have recently traveled to Myanmar, Hans Kemp's magnificent photographs combined with Tom Vater's illuminating text create an unforgettable portrait of a truly remarkable country where light, landscape and culture leave an everlasting impression."
--Art Wolfe, Renowned photographer and TV host of Travels to The Edge
Award winning freelance photographer Hans Kemp has been based in Asia for over twenty years. His editorial work has been published to great acclaim in a wide variety of international newspapers and magazines such as GEO, Sud Deutsche Zeitung, Time, Panorama, Asahigraph, Reader’s Digest, and many others. He has published several books of his work, of which perhaps the best known to date is the best-selling Bikes of Burden, about the motorbike culture in Vietnam. Tom Vater has written nonfiction and fiction books, travel guides, documentary screenplays, and countless feature articles investigating cultural and political trends and oddities in Asia. His stories have appeared in publications such as the Asia Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The Times, Marie Claire, Penthouse, and The Daily Telegraph. He co-wrote The Most Secret Place on Earth, a feature documentary on the CIA’s secret war in Laos, which has been broadcast in twenty-five countries. His bestselling book Sacred Skin, the first English language title on Thailand’s sacred tattoos, has received more than thirty reviews.
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