Fine Art Travel Photographer David Lazar Announces New Myanmar Coffee Table Book
10/04/2016

Acclaimed travel photographer David Lazar, in conjunction with Luminous Journeys Photo Tours, announces his new book, "Myanmar – A Luminous Journey".

Online PR News – 04-October-2016 – Portland, Oregon – The coffee table book of 120 fine art images taken over six years and multiple visits to Burma, also known as The Golden Land, is scheduled to be released October 28, 2016 by Saren Press, and is available for pre-order on David Lazar's website.

the most Buddhist nation on earth

"Myanmar – A Luminous Journey" is divided into five geographical sections, with various themes running through each. As Myanmar has been called "the most Buddhist nation on earth", (90% of its 65 million inhabitants practice Buddhism), the country’s red-robed monks and their lifestyles figure prominently throughout. The sections are the city of Yangon & Environs, Kipling's Mandalay, Ancient Bagan and its thousands of temples, famed Inle Lake and its Intha fishermen, and the Lost City of Mrauk U, featuring the last of the vanishing "tattoo tribes" of Rakhine State.

National Geographic photographer Catherine Karnow has said, "Myanmar is the most photogenic place I have ever photographed," and David Lazar agrees. The 33-year old Australian, also a National Geographic contributor, cites Myanmar as his favorite place to photograph, not only because of its remarkable and striking beauty, but because of his great fondness for the people. It is through these relationships that the master portraitist first gained his trajectory as one of the world's foremost travel photographers, and in a certain sense the book is an homage to the people of Myanmar. Photo Review Australia has said, "David Lazar's travel photography is among the best we have ever seen."

Luminous Journeys' executive director, Soe Soe Lwin, is well acquainted with well-known photographers and their fascination with her homeland: "I first met Steve McCurry about 15 years ago, and handled the logistics for his photo trips for a decade. David Lazar's work in this book reminds me of Steve's Myanmar images. Both are fantastic portraitists with a rare ability to penetrate the heart of the people, although I think David's landscapes are more inspired. I am so proud to have worked with both men, and excited for the success of David’s new book."

Signed copies of "Myanmar: A Luminous Journey" will be available at upcoming exhibitions and book signings in Australia, as well as being included as a special free bonus for anyone attending David Lazar's next Myanmar photo tour workshop. "Luminous Myanmar – Journey to the Lost City" runs February 5 – 18, 2017, and is co-led by yet another National Geographic contributor, Burma native son, Aung Pyae Soe.

For anyone interested in Myanmar photography but cannot attend in February, Luminous Journeys is also offering "Photographers Gone Wild – Chin State Expedition", which includes the Ananda Pagoda Festival and runs January 5 – 18, 2017. The photo tour is led by 3-time Myanmar Photographer of the Year, K.K. Winn.

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