Asian Lives

A Closer Look



ISBN: 9780500519240 Category:

Ishu Patel


In 2011, adhering to his mentor Henri Cartier-Bresson’s mantra to ‘photograph the truth’, filmmaker Ishu Patel embarked on a photographic journey through both rural and urban southeast Asia.

The result is a collection of powerfully thought-provoking photographs, mainly in black and white, that tell a story, seize a moment in life or are a witness to joy, struggle or human dignity. Never political or judgmental, the collection comprises Patel’s homage to the unsung lives of ordinary Asians, many of whom are increasingly overlooked in today’s fast-changing world.

Additional information

Weight 1718 g
Dimensions 28.1 x 30.3 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 1 September 2016
Number of pages 192
Format Hardback
Dimensions 28.1 x 30.3 cm
Weight 1718 g


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Ishu Patel is an acclaimed animation film director/producer and educator whose films have received theatrical and television distribution worldwide. His many international awards include two Oscar nominations, the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, the British Academy Award, and the Grand Prix at both Annecy and the Montreal World Film Festival. Photography has been a parallel passion. His experience as Cartier-Bresson's 'guide' in mid-1960s India shaped much of Patel's own approach toward teaching and seeing through the viewfinder.