Collecting Visual Artifacts
The Image Expedition began in 1990 with a pilot project in the highlands of Ecuador. During that project we travelled
for one month throughout a country known for its geographical and ethnic diversity. From our experience with indigenous populations in the Amazon basin to Andean mountain villages, we understood that the ways of
life in these communities were changing forever.
Each year The Image Expedition has taken on new projects in different areas of the world. Since 1990,
The Image Expedition has travelled to Asia to photograph in rural areas of China and in countries like Yemen, Cambodia and Burma where few Westerners travel. It is our goal to seek out and document life without
imposition and with respect. This is why our projects usually take place over several months or years and are usually confined to one geographic area of the world. To observe and listen takes time.
For example, in 1996 we spent two months travelling just in the country of Indonesia. We began in Bali and travelled
overland through Java and then on to the island of Sumatra. On this project we also travelled to Kalimatan and Sulawesi.
We returned determined to document and display these "visual artifacts" for this generation and generations to come.