About the Book
Tewfic is a New York City based freelance photographer specializing in documenting endangered cultures, religious rituals and traditional life-ways of Asia, Latin America and Africa. Known as The Travel Photographer, he also leads photography workshops and expeditions, authors photo books and teaches multimedia and documentary photography. His latest 170 pages photo book Hầu Đồng: The Spirit Mediums of Vietnam is a exhaustive documentary on trances, possession, spirit worship, fortune telling and clairvoyance, fashion and pageantry, sacred music and hymns, faith, belief, superstition, the supernatural, nationalism and history that constitute Vietnam’s indigenous Đạo Mẫu religion and its rituals. Tewfic is the only non-Vietnamese photographer to have documented this ancient but vibrant tradition in such depth.