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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: 

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.



WSJ Outtakes – Philip Johnson’s Dumbarton Oaks Pavilion

April 17th, 2011

A couple additional shots that didn’t run from the WSJ piece on Philip Johnson’s Dumbarton Oaks Pavilion in Washington DC.



WSJ Magazine – Benesse Art Site, Japan

December 23rd, 2010

In the Fall this year I had the opportunity to travel to Japan’s Seto Inland Sea to photograph a series of amazing museums and art installations that are part of the ‘Benesse Art Site’.  Darryl Wee (the writer of the piece) describes it as follows:

“The Benesse Art Site, an archipelago of art-sprinkled Japanese islands, is billionaire businessman Soichiro Fukutake’s realized vision of an ecologically enlightened “slow life.” The head of an educational publishing company, Benesse Corporation, Fukutake started this remote haven for contemplating art framed by nature some 20 years ago. Accessible only by ferry, after a three-hour bullet-train ride from Tokyo, the cluster of islands just off the coast of Okayama is located far enough from the hyperactive density of Japanese cities to tune out the urban hum, allowing visitors to truly transport themselves as they walk, muse and view the growing collection of contemporary art and installations on a wide-open-spaces scale.”

You can check out the slideshow of images here:

For me the highlight were all of the Tadao Ando-designed museums, including the Chichu Art Museum (地中美術館), which unfortunately I was not permitted to photograph. Next time!

One of his museums is the Benesse House Museum, here housing a work by Bruce Nauman: “100 Live and Die”.

Bruce Nauman's work, "100 Live and Die"

Bruce Nauman's work, "100 Live and Die"

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