A 9x10" Coffee-Table Book with 18" wide 2-page Spreads

Evocative photography transports the reader to distant locales in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia to unveil the incredible contrasts between rural and city life still present in this 21st century. Addressing the cultural diversity of this region and its challenges, it draws attention to the conflicts between self-sufficiency and sustainability in an admixture of ancient tradition and present-day reality. Beautifully expressed in vibrant color with descriptive text, Contrasts 21c is a photo essay about people and places with a sensitivity to the human condition and the built and natural environments. It brings to life an eye-opening pictorial about human adaptability in these lands of stunning beauty.

Published by LIBRI Publishing, September 2018. 


A few of the 9" x 10" pages and 18" x 20" 2-page spreads:

There are many more in this 256 page Photo Essay.

Bill Caplan has been photographing people and places on five continents for over 40 years. He holds a Master of Architecture from Pratt Institute and a Materials Engineering degree from Cornell University. His interest in human ecology – the connectivity of people, the human condition, and the built and natural environments – developed over a long career in high technology followed by a decade of architectural and environmental research. Having engaged with programs from space exploration to sequencing the human genome, he devoted his technical skill to the problems that impede people-friendly and sustainably designed architecture. After authoring Buildings Are for People (Libri Publishing 2016), he turned to his camera for this photojournalistic essay, Contrasts 21c: People & Places – Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia (Libri Publishing 2018).