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Welcome Don...

As a prize for winning last year’s photography competition organised by Grace Heritage foundation, Brunei Tourism will be hosting renowned American photographer, Don Gurewitz.

Don will be in Brunei from 6th to 23rd July 2007, doing a pictorial coverage of the Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures. These photographs will be exhibited at the 4th US-ASEAN Film, Photography and Video Exhibition in Washington DC, later this year.

While in Brunei, Don will be accompanied by his brand spanking new Canon EOS 5D (grrrr!), taking pictures that will help to promote the Kingdom as a tourist destination, especially in the USA . He will also be part of the media team from Information Department to cover His Majesty’s 61st Birthday Celebration.

For local photogs, Don will hold a small talk on his travels and travel photography in general. This will be held at Dewan Setia Pahlawan, Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources on Sunday, 8th of July 2007, at 2pm. Those interested to join, please contact Hj Yusof on 8732088 or yours truly on 8775530.
Perhaps no one respects people's ability to persevere more than Don Gurewitz, who has traveled to over fifty countries spanning five continents, capturing dignity, grace, and creativity in those inhabiting earth's nooks and crannies.

Making his living as a machinist for General Electric Co. in Lynn, Massachusetts, Gurewitz experienced frequent layoffs and yet has always taken full advantage of what he considers the mixed blessings of downsizing. He has spent any and all free moments traveling the world, finally taking advantage of a sizable number of frequent-flier miles accumulated while investigating labor issues abroad.

Gurewitz's photography resonates with a social sensitivity bred from a lifetime of political activism. An entirely self-taught photographer, Gurewitz used the camera as a journalistic tool during the Civil Rights movement, anti-war demonstrations, and while dodging bullets during the civil wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador.


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... In the past, hadrah was only performed during weddings, but now it is performed in open events, to greet honoured guests and more significantly to signal the arrival of His Majesty in various events...

... Brunei youths nowadays have done well in preserving the heritage and have even enhanced it. Back then, competition involved only beating of drums and chanting. But now performances are choreographed to make it more attractive and interesting...

... hadrah could be further promoted in Brunei if there is a national association of hadrah set up. "We have a national team for silat and gasing (top spinning), but not for hadrah. We cannot just rely on mukim and schools to promote the activity, it has to be done at a national level...

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Short rant:During the Microsoft Vista launch, both of us went in "business attire" as stated in the invitation. While trying to photograph the guest of honour, I was approached by one of the more seasoned photographers who asked me where I was from. I said I was an invited guest who happened to bring my camera.

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