For me, the great joy of traveling is to record the lives of people living naturally and unposed within their cultures, not as touristy snapshots, but with a certain amount of compositional integrity. To do this requires an intense interest in, and focus on, the people around me, and split-second timing. There must be a quick sense that "there is a picture here" or "a picture developing here".
I hope you will feel the "tension of the fleeting moment" in many of these photographs. Also, I hope you will see in them not just pretty pictures, but feel the mystery of how these different people in their different cultures lived before and after the fleeting moment that I have captured for you.
Manuel Alvaraz Bravo has said that "the invisible is always con-tained and present in the work of art which recreates it." I hope you will search for the invisible in what you see here.
It is also said that the mark of a good photographer is measured by what he throws away. I try to keep this criteria in mind so I edit with a wastebasket by my projector. These photographs are from the two or three slides that I generally keep from a thirty-six exposure roll of film.