Twenty :: Thailand

Part 2 of my occasional series of posts to mark my first twenty years of working as a professional photographer.

Tearfund has a trading arm called Created (formerly known as Tearcraft), selling beautiful hand made products made in some of the poorest communites around the world.  While on staff at Tearfund, I photographed a number of these producer groups, and one of the most memorable was Thai Tribal Crafts based in Chiang Mai (I’m not sure of their current status as a supplier to Created – my visit and this image date from 1998). It was all very peaceful, with stunning countryside, but also a lot of poverty in the hill tribe villages – using their traditional weaving and craft skills, the Karen women we met were able to support their families.

Chiang Mai, Thailand :: 1998 :: copyright Tearfund

Photo: Richard Hanson/Tearfund

Copyright: Tearfund – no reproduction without permission

This story was the lead feature in the Summer 1999 issue of Tear Times, Tearfund’s magazine:

Twenty :: Thailand :: Tear Times cover


richard hanson :: photographer :: sheffield