Few places on earth have had a more turbulent and tortured past, or face a more tenuous future, as the cauldron of humanity called Indochina or Indochine. As these emerging nations enter the 21st century, there is little doubt that capitalism is now king. And while the cultural price that will be paid for future success remains unclear, it most assuredly will come due. That aside, Indochine will always be a place of exotic beauty and enticing wonderment. This book is quite simply a pictorial ode to its people, their heritage and the place they call home.
For more than forty years, Lewis Steven Silverman has been a journalist, reporting stories and taking photographs in far off places. His fine art black-and-white photographs have been shown around the world. He learned his technical craft with the camera and in the darkroom at The Parsons School of Design in Paris studying under Benedict Fernandez and at The New York Camera Club. Group and solo exhibitions of his work include, The Center For Photography at Woodstock, Parsons School of Design – Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, The Cork Gallery at Avery Fischer Hall in Lincoln Center – New York, The Soho Photo Gallery of New York, The Lowenherz Gallery at the Alfred Stieglitz Camera Club of New York, The Westside Arts Coalition Gallery of the City of New York, The Sedona Arts Council, Numerous Private Collections in Latin America, Europe and the United States and the Permanent Collections at Morgan Stanley and Prudential Life Insurance Company.