Our May edition of PhotoForum brings together two photographers from different backgrounds, Stefan Rousseau and AJ Heath, to share work produced in three Asian countries: Bhutan, India and Japan. Their projects take a look at these three distinct countries in different ways, from a street-level comparison of India and Japan to the generational differences in what it means to be Bhutanese as that country undergoes tremendous change.
Stefan Rousseau's role as Chief Political Photographer at the Press Association, the UK's national news agency, has taken him to every corner of the world. Travelling with four successive UK Prime Ministers, Stefan has photographed the first meeting of Theresa May and President Donald Trump at the White House; the visits of Tony Blair to Afghanistan and Iraq, and his historic talks with Colonel Gaddafi in Libya; and David Cameron's meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi in Burma as he became the first ever UK prime minister to visit the country. Earlier this year, Stefan won the prestigious British Press Awards Photographer of the Year award for the third time for his exclusive photographs of the Westminster terror attack and coverage of the 2017 General Election. The same set of images lead to Stefan winning the British Journalism Photojournalism Award 2018. In recent years, Stefan has used his frequent foreign visits to expand his travel photography portfolio by escaping the political bubble to photograph local daily life. Among the many places that Stefan has travelled to, the colour and diversity of Japan and India has always captured his imagination. Stefan will be showing work from his recent 'East Meets East' exhibition and other favourites from his travels around the world.
AJ Heath is a British documentary photographer currently based in London. He has worked as a freelance photographer for the past eight years and has had work published by The Times, The Guardian and Al Jazeera, among others. In 2014, he gained a Master’s degree in Photojournalism & Documentary photography from the University of Arts London. He then spent the next 12 months living in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. His first solo photography book Way of Harmony: Portraits from Bhutan was published in November 2017 and a second book of photography documenting the effects globalisation has had on the Kingdom, entitled In Pursuit of Happiness, will hopefully be available in late 2018.