Chris Stowers

Taipei, Taiwan


British b. 1968

Chris left England in 1987, aged 19, clutching a one-way ticket to Karachi. He has lived in Asia ever since. His love of photography began while hanging out with photojournalists in romantic and war-torn Peshawar, where he was teaching English and science to Afghan refugees.

Chris joined Panos in 1992 with a selection of his photos from the emerging power house of China's Pearl River Delta, and has been covering Asia's boom, bust and boom cycle ever since.

Photography assignments and wanderlust have taken Chris to over 70 countries, and his work has appeared in publications from Newsweek and Forbes to National Geographic Traveler and Discovery. He has photographed guidebooks from San Diego to Saigon and all points in between, held two solo photographic exhibitions, and regularly shoots for NGOs such as ActionAid and Oxfam.

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Almost a million migrants arrived in Europe in 2015, over 800,000 of them in Germany.

Leaving a confused and rattled Athens behind after covering the days before and after Greece’s referendum on the terms muted by the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission, Chris Stowers boards a bus northbound.

Moldova goes to the polls on 30 November 2014 in its most crucial election since independence in 1991.

A scenic cycle tour around the island that is the biggest producer and exporter of bicycles in the world.

After brutal sectarian fighting between 1999 and 2002, the Malukkus’ Christian and Muslim communities are once again living side by side and simmering tensions are kept under control by community leaders aware of the devastating consequences.

Almost a decade after the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami that ravaged the coast of Western Indonesia, killing tens of thousands in the region of Aceh and beyond, Chris Stowers returned to find a vibrant, optimistic place full of promise.

As a part of his on-going project about the growing influence of the Chinese population in Spain, Chris Stowers visits the Fuenlabrada warehouse district on the outskirts of Madrid, the largest Chinese wholesale hub in Europe.

Weddings are big business in the Punjab.

A vision of earthly Hell in the region that acts as India’s furnace.

Up to 50,000 people are struggling to survive after being displaced by the world’s fastest growing mud volcano, ‘Lusi’.

Chris Stowers and writer Richard McCallum enter the weird and wonderful world of Indian facial hair.