Crumbling Burmese Architecture for WSJ Magazine « Andrew Rowat Photographer

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: 

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  • Lee Makela

    Our group of travelers were in Myanmar / Burma during the same time you were there. All of us (and our Burmese guide) marveled at the WSJ Magazine article and your accompanying images when it initially appeared. I’m now pleased to be able to point them all to your expanded portfolio – and to be able to complement you directly on the high quality and beauty of your work. I’ve enjoyed as well the opportunity to see more of it here on your web site. Thanks for sharing!

    Lee Makela / Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

  • rowat

    Lee – Terrific that you were also able to visit Burma. What a special place. And I am so glad that you were able to track down my website. I plan on heading back a couple times this year to expand the project….