Meet Team Luminous
Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”- Aaron Siskind
Soe Soe Lwin
is a superstar when it comes to logistical mastery in the photo tour world. She cut her perfect teeth with Magnum’s Steve McCurry, handling his Burma photo tours flawlessly for nearly a decade. She cofounded Luminous Journeys Myanmar in 2012, and was instrumental in making LJ’s photo tour workshops in the Golden Land, the new gold standard.
is a major award winning travel photographer (including the Smithsonian award for travel photography) currently focusing on Southeast Asia and India. He’s a National Geographic contributor of whom Practical Photography has called, “…one the world’s foremost travel photographers.” More importantly for our purposes, he’s also one of the best photo tour leaders you’ll ever meet, with a style all his own.
Kyaw Kyaw Winn
is a major award winning travel photographer (including the Smithsonian award for travel photography) is the only 3-time Myanmar Photographer of the Year and the hardest working pro in Burma. He is brand ambassador for Nikon and Fujifilm , executive editor of Digital Photography magazine (Burmese Edition), and also president & lead instructor at the Myanmar Photographic Society. His favorite form of instruction is in-the field, and he absolutely loves leading photo tours!
is on the short list among Asia’s best all-around travel shooters. The public vote winner of the prestigious Hasselblad Masters, A.P. has recently been named as a brand ambassador for Air Asia, one of only 3 photographers chosen . With his joyful brilliance & attentive approach, photo touring with A.P. is sure to take your photography to the next level.
is perhaps Cuba’s premier documentary photographer, whose work documenting the history, people and culture of the island even gets anthropological in its depth. He’s been leading travel and documentary photography workshops in Cuba for many years, and is one of the best in the business.
Nguyen Vu Phuoc
is one of Vietnam’s finest and most popular all around photographers. His extraordinary book, “Labor of Love – A Mother’s Journey”, chronicles pregnancy, childbirth and beyond in gorgeous black & white photographs. Phuoc’s fun loving personality, along w/ his passion and amazing inside access make him a much sought after photo tour leader.
is a major award winning travel photographer and instructor. While she photographs all over the world, Sina’s primary passion is Latin America, and most especially Mexico. She speaks fluent Spanish, English, and German. Warning: Her passion for travel photography is contagious!
Boothee Thaik Htun
is an award winning photojournalist turned travel and commercial photographer living and working in Yangon, Myanmar. He is well travelled internationally, and has in recent years become a master drone photographer as well! Boothee is great fun to work with, and is available for private one day tours in Yangon, and for longer periods around Burma.
is an award winning photographer and instructor based in Mumbai, India. He came to photography as an already accomplished painter, and it’s this blending of two visions that has created his distinct, evocative style. Swarup’s true passion for photography and gregarious nature make him an ideal and inspirational photo tour leader.
is a brilliant landscape phhotographer and highly sought out instructor. He may be based Tokyo, but he doesn’t stay put for long! Francis goes all over the world seeking out new and rugged landscapes, and the more rugged the better. He thinks nothing of spending freezing cold nights in a tent or taking long treks to discover the undiscovered and bring it on home.
is a French photographer who makes his home in Vietnam. His amazing quick rise to success as a travel and culture photographer in the internet era has truly been something to behold. The portrait specialist has gone from a complete unknown to international solo exhibitions and a plethora of publications – including Nat Geo – in a relative heartbeat.
is Bagan born and raised and our number one professional fixer in this amazing place. He’s a member of the Myanmar Photographic Society and student of the great Kyaw Kyaw Winn. Aung Aung is also a Bagan station manager and licensed tour guide with ten years’ experience. He speaks Chinese as well as English and Burmese, and is a funny guy in all three!
is Burma’s finest all around female photographer, and has a host of awards, publications and exhibitions to prove it. Soe is an experienced leader and the first and only Myanmar woman to ever lead a full length photo tour. She is often praised for her work ethic, personal warmth, & willingness to get you all the image making opportunities you came for, and more.
has described himself as a “surreal life” photographer. His famous use of natural and unnatural light accounts for most of the “surreal” in his work, which he later perfects in Photoshop. Although he shoots beautifully in other styles, it’s the surreal life style that caught the eye of the photographic world & brought him international acclaim.
is a classicist, his work in many ways reminiscent of some of the old school Magnum greats, Henri Cartier-Bresson in particular. His instant sense of geometry and composition is natural and well-honed from his years as a graphic artist. The former Nikon Photographer of the Year also won the Leica Prize for his work in Myanmar, 1995.
Anna is a licensed travel agent and Luminous Journeys’ sales & marketing director for China. The talented amateur photographer was born in Chengdu, China, but earned her Master of Finance degree on the other side of the world, at Manchester University in England. It was Anna’s passion for travel & photography that initially drew her to Myanmar in 2014, and after falling in love with both the land and the people, she and her family decided to make it their home. Lucky for us!