Ever since I worked with Bruno Barbey in the mid-90s I have been fascinated with the photographic resplendence radiated by all things Moroccan. Imagine my delight when photographer friend and collaborator Richard Picton drew my attention to the extraordinary vibrant work of the Morocco-born Londoner, Hassan Hajaj, in a Guardian photo feature. With self-assembled frames made from rubber, cloth, plastic, toys, tile and popcans, and portraits that are equal measures of pigment, people and pattern, Hajaj dazzles the heart of the eye where colour lives.

photos via the Guardian, the Sultan Gallery, What's up and other sources.

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Years ago, I tried to work with Magnum photographer Steve McCurry and contacted Magnum to bring him to Canada to work on a BMO campaign. Alas, it didn't work out - logistics and availability didn't dovetail neatly enough for the client. 
In the end, I went with Robert Earnest who won several awards for the photography on that campaign. (Will share those at some point.)

Steve McCurry is an artist whose paintbrush is opportunity, that most fickle of mistresses. The result is a series of extremely gratifying retinal explosions. 

Rang bharela, rang be rangey we would say in India (one of McCurry's favourite subjects): stuffed with colour, colour upon colour, bursting with colour.

Do not rub your eyes. This is real. 

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Shared with me by noted photographer Richard Picton, this typographic development is a worthy addition to the centuries-old interaction between the English language and Indian languages.

The Hinglish Project helps English-speaking tourists wrap their heads around the unfamiliar Devanagari script so often seen across the top half of the subcontinent.

And it's free to download. Enjoy, font hoarders.

The Hinglish Project | Type for you.:

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In this series of posts on great multicultural photography, I must confess to a deliberate, simple editorial decision - I use the word multicultural to simply mean subjects that are not Western European or white Anglo-American. All other cultures, ethnicities and traditions have been included. 

However, I have not viewed photographers through the same lens as their photography. These images have been shot by great photographers from around the world. There are French and Chinese photographers, Indians and Italians, Americans and Brazilians - all that matters to me is that their eyes saw the wealth we have been blessed with. All copyright belongs to the artists/owners of the copyrights themselves.

Ladies and gentlemen, Irving Penn.

Irving Penn
It's funny, but I haven't addressed multicultural photography much on this blog. It's about time I rectified that. There is brilliant stuff out there. In fact, the best photography has always been truly multicultural. From Steve McCurry's Afghan girl  to Penn's Chinese food and Salgado's Brazilian miners and Indian ship-graveyard-workers, to the work Richard Picton has done for us and others (his black women boxers will knock you out) to Chen Man's 12-month ode to Chinese beauty for the cover of i-D magazine on the occasion of the Year of the Dragon. Without further ado, here is a sampling of Chen Man's work. More photography posts to follow. I promise. Enjoy, but you might have to send your eyes to detox later. I mean that in a drugs-are-good kind of way. Speaking strictly as a non-user.

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Photos via The Bohmerian

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