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World Class Skiing + World Class Food = Victory

January 24th, 2013
Toward the end of last year’s ski season I received a call from Bon Appetit that went something like this:

Magazine: ”Are you free to go shoot a food and ski story in Zermatt, Switzerland?”
Me: “Yes.”

Because, I mean, really, who turns down a job to ski AND eat at one of the best resorts in the world?! Not me, I can tell you that much. And so off I went, armed with a brief from New Yorker staff writer Nick Paumgarten, who had spent his childhood vacations exploring the mountains and ski runs around Zermatt.

I spent the next five days eating and skiing my way around the Swiss resort and venturing into Italy as well to see how the Italians ski and eat – very well it turns out.

It is also important for me to give a shout-out to the amazing founders of Epic Europe, Jack Shaw and Susanna Magruder, without whom I would not have been able to complete the shoot. Besides being amazing company (first and foremost) they also know the mountain (and everyone on it) inside and out and helped me lug far too much camera gear up and down and up again. If you are planning an adventure or food-centric trip to France, Switzerland, or any region in the Alps then look no further than Epic Europe. They’ll sort you out.

You can see more outtakes on my site here: http://andrewrowat.com/travel/zermatt_food_ski-all.html
You can pick it up on newsstands now (the Feb 2013 issue) or see how it ran here: rowat_bona_201302_zermatt-ski-food


Crumbling Burmese Architecture for WSJ Magazine

January 24th, 2013

In October of last year I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Burma to photograph at the behest of WSJ magazine. I was following in the footsteps of writer Tony Perrottet as he painted a vivid picture of the challenges surrounding the preservation of colonial architecture facing Yangon (formerly Rangoon) as it opens itself up to further tourism and regional investment.

The architecture in Yangon – and all the crumbling buildings – was like catnip for a photographer like me who absolutely loves photographing the spaces that we as people inhabit. I also had the good fortune of travelling on to Bagan and Inle Lake to explore more of the country.

I am planning on going back to Burma this year on a number of occasions (it is a bit of a commute) to continue photographing the country as part of a personal project.

You can see how the story ran here: rowat_wsjm_201302_burma-architecture

You can see some additional outtakes here: http://andrewrowat.com/travel/burma-all.html 

Black Ink Magazine – Paul Pairet’s Ultraviolet Restaurant in Shanghai

January 24th, 2013
In September of last year I had the good fortune of working with the folks at Black Ink (if you don’t know this magazine it is because you do not have a gazillion-dollar American Express card) for an interesting project that they had in mind: I was to accompany acclaimed writer Alex Chee as he sampled the delights of Paul Pairet’s new restaurant in Shanghai – Ultraviolet.

It is important to note that this isn’t any new restaurant – but a creation that has been in Paul’s mind for over a decade. A single seating each evening with only ten guests at a secret location; and then 22 courses paired with not just a drink (naturally), but projected visuals, and sounds.

I had the best seat in the house - straddled between the kitchen and dining room, where I could see the creations being concocted and divert the odd dish straight in to my gullet. You can see how the magazine ran it here: