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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

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!

Wallpaper* October 2011 – Homer Chou of IT Mall Beijing

October 15th, 2011

Earlier this summer I had the chance to photograph Homer Chou and his team at the IT mothership in Beijing for Wallpaper. You can see the results in the October 2011 issue here: Wallpaper Oct 2011 – Homer Chou IT Beijing

Homer and his team were game for any and all ideas that I had, so it made my job easy. The only tricky part was all the reflections in the window because we had very little space to work with and the walls were shiny metal – so if you look carefully you can see the my Pocket Wizard hanging off the light on the left of the opening shot.

Ning Li – CEO & Founder of for Time Magazine

December 1st, 2010

For the last three and a half months I was trapped in Asia. Well, trapped isn’t entirely accurate – the phone wouldn’t stop ringing so I kept changing my plane ticket back to New York.

One of the last shoots that I participated in when I was in Asia was a portrait of’s CEO Ning Li for Time magazine when Ning was in Shanghai. And that portrait hit stands last week (Nov 29 International Edition for those of you dashing out the door right now).

So I just wanted to share this portrait with you (and link to the full pdf here: CEO Ning Li) uses crowdsourcing to design its furniture – soliciting designs from professional designers and then letting users vote for the best designs. Of those best designs a handful are then put into production. But I digress. I will let you read the article.

Made.Com CEO Ning Li in Shanghai China

Ning Li, CEO of at his Shanghai offices on Tuesday Nov 09, 2010. Photographed for Time magazine by Andrew Rowat.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek – Robin Li Baidu CEO Profile

November 16th, 2010

Out on newsstands this week you can check out this profile piece on Robin Li, the billionaire CEO of Baidu. Baidu is the reigning king of search in China and my images accompany Brad Stone & Bruce Einhorn’s story here:

You can also download the PDF of the whole story here: Robin Li – Baidu – PDF

Baidu CEO Robin Li photographed by Andrew Rowat

Baidu CEO Robin Li photographed by Andrew Rowat at Baidu World in Beijing, China.

Wall Street Journal Travel – Shanghai Insider

November 16th, 2010

The Oct 23/24 2010 edition of the Wall Street Journal features some of my Shanghai images in the ‘Insider’s Guide’ written by friend and talented writer Andrew Yang. You can check it outline  here: or see the full print layout as a PDF here: Wall Street Journal – Shanghai Insider PDF

Shanghai's Bund waterfront photographed by Andrew Rowat

Shanghai's Bund waterfront photographed by Andrew Rowat

Central Studios Shanghai – Your One-Stop Shop

November 15th, 2010

While on the theme of service, I wanted to let folks know about Central Studios ( in Shanghai.

Opened in the last year by Rodney Evans, a very talented photographer in his own right (and a friend to boot), the studios are located just blocks from Xintiandi in the heart of Shanghai. Whether you need equipment rental, studio space, or production help, Rodney and his team will sort you out.

Central Studios recently kitted me out for a video shoot and made sure that I had all the equipment that I would expect to get in NYC.

Next time you have a shoot in Shanghai give them a shout.