My Buzkashi feature was published in Le Figaro Magazine in the April 12, 2013, issue. Much thanks to photo editor Cyril Drouhet for the wonderful layout. For French readers, a web version of the article and a (poorly executed) slideshow can be viewed at the Le Figaro website, here.
One of Asia’s leading geographic magazines — Rhythms Monthly — is publishing my feature this week, a sweeping look at Central Asia and the legacy of Soviet borders, as part of their global look at borders that have divided nations and peoples. Photos and text (in Chinese), spanning a whopping 40 pages, by yours truly. Web versions available here: Part 1 and Part 2.
Proud to announce that I’ve published my book on buzkashi, Central Asia’s oldest and fiercest sport. “Centaurs of the Steppe” is a study of this quintessentially Central Asian sport, a sort of horse polo played with a goat carcass — with few rules and no teams, the sport and the atmosphere that surrounds matches is visually arresting. The book also includes a 1300 word essay I wrote on the culture and patronage of this fascinating sport. A selection of photos from this series won a gold award in the 2011 Prix de la Photographie (PX3) and 2nd place in the 2011 International Photography Awards.
The book is available as print on-demand through Magcloud here. I’m touched by the range of surprising locations book orders have come from – Georgia, Japan, the UK and Canada, among others.
Kat Cizek with the National Film Board of Canada was recently interviewed by Geoffrey Hiller on Verve Photo about ’Out My Window,’ an ambitious multi-media project on global highrise urbanization that she directed. The project employs 360 degree interactive panoramas, extensive soundscapes and interviews and wonderful usage of photography to tell the stories of various voices of our increasingly highrise-based world. Based on the segment I contributed to the project, Cizek had some humbling words about our experience working together:
There’s also Ted Kaye, who is Canadian, Tajik, Taiwanese. He was remarkable: he pitched us three or four stories that were amazing. The one we ended up working with was about his grandmother, a 91-year-old woman who tends to the ashes of her ancestors in a high-rise crematorium. [When we received it], it was fully paper edited, translated … subtitles marked in exactly where they are supposed to go; he had in-depth knowledge of how to tell a story from beginning to end. [He represents a] new kind of visual journalist, who understands editing, story, how language works on the screen. It was phenomenal.
If you’re interested in checking out my ‘window’ on vertical graveyards, an offshoot of Taiwanese culture and overpopulation, check out the Out My Window web-documentary here. Also, I was previously featured by Geoffrey Hiller on Verve Photo for my work on Theyyam Dancers in Kerala, southern India.
For any of you rethinking my ancestry — for the record, I am American-Taiwanese, but I do have relatives in Canada and friends I count almost as family in Tajikistan.
I’ve been featured on Mashable, the popular social media and technology website, showcasing some of my mobile photography from Central Asia. Follow my regular notes from the road on Instagram @theodorekaye
Here are some proofs for advertisements that I worked on over summer 2012 for the Taiwan Tourism Board, recently published in Newsweek, Monocle, the New Yorker and others. This part of the campaign involved shooting various locations around Taiwan with a remote control helicopter-mounted 5D Mark II. The shots required careful scouting, weather research and working closely with a team of RC pilots and art designers. An incredibly fun experience! Thanks to London-based Winkreative for seeking me out for this job.
Check out my text and photo feature on Buzkashi, Central Asia’s quintessential proto-polo horseback sport in the new issue of Inquire Magazine, a wonderful photojournalism iPad magazine now up for 6 Digital Magazine awards. Issue 4 is now available through the Inquire Magazine app in the App store.
The magazine presents a wonderful range of NatGeo style stories from around the world, with multimedia features and great writing. The latest issue includes photo essays from Syria, Ghana and Ireland and an interview with Ed Kashi.
See their facebook page here: www.facebook.com/Inquiremag
Web versions also viewable at the Inquire Magazine website.
At work on the Longdong cliffs of Northern Taiwan, for a recent contract shoot promoting Taiwan Tourism. This leg of the assignment came as the capstone to one of the most fun shoots I’ve had in a while. Tearsheets and details to come, once the ads are published.
One of my photos of Chinese workers building roads and tunnels in Tajikistan was featured in the print edition of Neue Zürcher Zeitung, a major Swiss daily based in Zurich. The German language newspaper is one of the oldest newspapers still published, dating to 1780. German readers can access the article here. More photos from my series on Chinese influence in Central Asia can be viewed on my website here and on my Photoshelter account.
My feature on the epic migration of the Afghan Kyrgyz from the Wakhan Corridor to Eastern Turkey, now published on Eurasianet.