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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:
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: 

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:

WSJ Magazine – Nov 2012 – Artist KAWS Profile

November 5th, 2012

This past summer I got to hang out with artist Brian Donnelly, better known as KAWS at both his Williamsburg studio as well as in a top-secret location where his float for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was being inflated for the first time. If you pick up a copy of the Nov 2012 issue of WSJ you can read his profile as well as check out a couple of my photos as well.

Or, if the very thought of heading out the door to actually physically pick something up fills you with unspeakable dread, you can instead check out the online link instead here: and you have to click on the video link too to check out the fun time-lapse I shot that shows the float being inflated and then deflated:


And of course there is the PDF here: rowat_wsjm_201211_kaws_brian-donnelly


The character that is pictured here is called ‘Companion’ and you can catch him live during the Macy’s Day Parade if you are in NYC over Thanksgiving.



Travel Photography Webinar with Photoshelter – Kicking off in 2 Hours

July 25th, 2012

At 4pm EST today I will be participating in a Webinar hosted by Photoshelter co-founder and chairman Allen Murabayashi.You can sign up for the webinar here:

See you soon I hope!

Conde Nast Traveller – August 2012 Feature – Huaorani Tribe in the Amazon

July 10th, 2012

In November of last year I had the great privilege of visiting the Huaorani tribe in the Ecuadorian Amazon on behalf of Conde Nast Traveller UK. The Huaorani gained notoriety in the 1950s for a spear raid that left five missionaries dead. The missionaries’ deaths galvanized the Christian community at the time and ultimately led to a redoubled effort to reach and convert this particular group – this effort was successful (depending on your point of view) and led by the wife of one of the deceased missionaries. It was also the subject of the film ‘End of the Spear’ and the book ‘Through Gates of Splendor’.

At the time the Huaorani were thought of as savages, and were in fact called that by neighbouring tribes – the Auca. Their language is a linguistic isolate, and any non-tribe members were referred to as non-human. The bottom line? A very isolated and unique group of people. To this day there are a couple splinter groups of the tribe that went deeper into the jungle after the initial brush with the missionaries and remain divorced from modern day life and outside contact.

In the intervening 50+ years much has happened in the Ecuadorian jungle, and most of it centers around oil. There is currently a huge court case working its way through the Ecuadorian (and US) courts that pits some of the indigenous peoples against Chevron (which purchased Texaco – the original company that operated in Ecuador). The 2009 documentary ‘Crude’ is an excellent primer on the current situation that essentially pits David vs Goliath.

And that is how I found myself in a single-engine Cessna departing from the town of Shell (naturally) into the heart of the jungle and landing at a tiny airstrip hacked out of the massive trees. A bumpy, slip-sliding landing, and we were safe and sound in Huaorani Territory.

To combat the outsize influence of Big Oil the Huaorani today have set up a small Eco Lodge with the hopes of drawing in tourists (and media attention) and shining a spotlight on their plight. The equation is quite simple: with enough tourists and media coverage they hope to prevent the oil companies from further destroying the forest and eroding their way of life. It won’t be easy, but let me tell you what a delight it was to spend time with the community and the incredible place they call home. The Huaorani’s effort is being led by Moi Enomenga – conservationist and their tribal leader who has taken their message to Washington and beyond.

I am sharing some of the images that I took here (I have even snuck a shot in of yours truly), and you can also take a look at how the story ran in the magazine here: rowat_cnuk_amazon_201208_web

Stanley Stewart wrote the piece and his prose are a wonderful companion to the experience itself – transporting you along the many bends of the river and wrapping you in the magic of it all. If you have an opportunity to go spend time with this group of people I would urge you to do so – few experiences come close to kayaking down a river in the Amazon, alone but for the toucans winging their way above your head.


AFAR – Hoi An Cau Lau Noodles – May/June 2012 Cover & Feature

May 15th, 2012

Just a quick note, with a longer entry to follow. You can go grab a copy of the May/June issue of AFAR magazine to see my story on the Cau Lau noodles of Hoi An, Vietnam,

written by the talented David Farley.

The May-June 2012 cover of Afar magazine photographed by Andrew Rowat in Hoi An, Vietnam.


You can check out the whole story here as a PDF: Andrew Rowat’s AFAR magazine Cau Lau Cover Story in Vietnam – May / June 2012

Bon Appetit – Mission Sichuan – Spicy food in Chengdu with Chef Danny Bowien & Andrew Knowlton

April 19th, 2012

If you run out to the newstand and pick up the current issue of Bon Appetit (May 2012) you can take a look at the feature that I shot in Chengdu, China earlier this year. Written by Bon Appetit Restaurants editor Andrew Knowlton, it follows acclaimed Chef Danny Bowien (of San Francisco’s Mission Chinese Food fame) as he journeys to the heart of Sichuan cooking to seek inspiration for his own creations. I had the pleasure of hanging out with everyone for the week and look forward to Mission Chinese Food NYC Edition – coming soon!

If you can’t make it to the newstand check out the PDF of the story here: Bon Appetit – May 2012 – Mission Sichuan

Mongolia Ninja Mining – Bloomberg BusinessWeek Website Re-launch

March 1st, 2012

Bloomberg BusinessWeek has just re-launched their website, and they are featuring several of my images from the Mongolian Ninja Mining project that I worked on. You can check out their photo gallery of my images here:

Naked Stables – Moganshan, China

January 31st, 2012

In the Fall of last year I had the opportunity to travel to Naked Stables, a sister property of Naked Retreats, near Moganshan, a few hours outside of Shanghai, China.

And I was blown away.

The folks behind the concept and execution of the resort have created something pretty unique in China – certainly unlike any other properties that I have visited in the country. Some of the Banyan Tree properties in Yun’nan province have a similar feel to them, but this is on a much larger scale, and so close to Shanghai to boot.

The ‘Naked’ bit is to underscore the natural element of the place and ‘Stables’ to let you know that before long there will be horses there that you can take for trail rides through the bamboo forests. There were no horses when I was there but I expect that they can’t be long in arriving. Plus if you go in April you can watch the tea being harvested on the gorgeous manicured hills that surround the resort.

Moganshan has always been a country retreat from Shanghai – in the late 1800s and early 1900s the glitterati of Shanghai would retreat to the air-conditioned shade of the Moganshan bamboo forests. And today is no different.

In any case you can check out the piece in this month’s (Feb 2012) issue of Conde Nast Traveler USA:
You can also check out some the same photos below in the gallery. Enjoy!