El-Branden Brazil is a Brit, who has resided in Tokyo, Japan, for 21 years. He is a gifted photographer, whose work has won accolades at the International Photography Awards, as well as first place in the 2010 Asia Foundation photography contest. He also won the first prize in the Tokyo Weekender’s 40th. Anniversary contest. Most recently, he won third prize in the prestigious international competition, the PX3 – Prix de la Photographie Paris, in 2015. His work has been published and shown around the world, including Berlin, LA, Paris, London and Tokyo. He is also a Getty contributor.
As a photojournalist, he has covered major news events, and in particular, spent many years documenting the on-going struggle of the Burmese people in and out of Burma, including the by-election of 2012. He also covered the Red Shirts’ protests in Bangkok, as well as the tsunami disasters in both India and Japan. His work as a photojournalist can also be viewed at https://www.flickr.com/photos/themystictraveller/.
He is a very versatile artist, who is comfortable working in all environments. El-Branden has covered many large private and public events, such as the Australia Vs. New Zealand Rugby game in Tokyo, in 2010, as well as many charity events, parties, balls and auctions.
As previously mentioned, he has a passion for Burma and it’s people, and is a determined Free Burma activist. He cares very much about refugee rights, and campaigns continuously. His work as both a photographer and an activist were covered in the Japan Times, as well as Eurobiz Magazine and Unearthing Asia Magazine.
His life is driven by a passion for mysticism. He particularly adores Buddhism, and practices Zen regularly. His travels across the globe have allowed him to witness and partake in a myriad of sacred rituals.