Scattered groups of ethnic Hmong have hidden in the remote mountains of Laos for more than 30 years, afraid to come out. Many have not seen the modern world, and exist with little food, scavenging in the jungle. The CIA trained and funded many Hmong hill tribes in Laos from 1961 to 1973 to fight communism. When America withdrew from the conflict most Hmong were left alone to face the might of the invading North Vietnamese Army. The Royal Lao Government fell to the communists and many Hmong became outcasts in the country they fought to defend.
Still a Secret War with Roger Arnold from Paul Kwiatkowski on Vimeo.
Tungurahua, an active Ecuadorian Volcano, lets out a huge cloud of smoke over the destroyed pueblo of Palictahua on October 20, 2006. On August 16, 2006 Tungurahua erupted killing six people and devastating all the pueblos surrounding the active volcano. In 2007 this series by photographer Ivan Kashinsky won first place in Still Photography from the NPPA as well as an Honorable Mention in the Pictures of the Year International.
Tungurahua w/ Ivan Kashinsky from Paul Kwiatkowski on Vimeo.
Photographer Sanna Sjosward was adopted to Sweden as a child. In her mid twenties, she placed an ad in an Iranian newspaper to find her biological mother. The book ""Roots"" documents Sjosward's early life and her time spent with her mother, sisters and extended family in Tehran where she now lives and works.
Roots from Paul Kwiatkowski on Vimeo.
Photographer Jason Eskenazi talks about his books of photography and his experiences traveling in Russia. Wonderland: A Fairytale of the Soviet Monolith is based on his travels through the former Soviet states between 1990 and 2001; Title Nation, a series of medium-format portraits of Russians, was shot in 2005, in collaboration with Russian photographer Valeri Nistratov.
Title Nation with Jason Eskenazi from Paul Kwiatkowski on Vimeo.
From 1990 through 2006 Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert photographed the Roma gypsy camp of Sintesti, Romania, documenting their lives and traditions.
His photographs encapsulate a period of dramatic change in the camp, as the inhabitants leave behind the dark period of the Communist years and embark on a fast track to material wealth and new opportunities.
The camp has changed from one of humble homes and traditional tents, horses and carts, to one where new wealth (made by dealing in scrap metal) is spent on all things material-- building fantasy homes and buying Porsche cars with cash.
'Satra'- The Roma of Sintesti with Jeremy Sutton Hibbert from Paul Kwiatkowski on Vimeo.
This is the trailer for the short film I directed called "dog." which was features an original screenplay by Matthew Stokoe author of the word of mouth classic "Cows" and "High Life" out on Dennis Cooper's label, Little House on the Bowery.
Dog. Trailer from Paul Kwiatkowski on Vimeo.
MUSIC VIDEO FOR MARISSA NADLER
"OLD LOVE HAUNTS ME IN THE MORNING"