FM Travel Issue
In the era of vacation photoshoots, iPhone cameras, and “doing it for the Insta,” 21st century vacations often include more time spent camera-in-hand than not. History of Art and Architecture Chair Robin E. Kelsey, who specializes in the history of photography, sits down with FM to chat about our tourist tendencies.
Choomchon Pattaya slum is just one of Bangkok’s many slums. However, this particular community shares a wall with some of the most exclusive and opulent night clubs in Bangkok and has become a hub for drug deals and crime. Overflowing with trash, sewage, and the remnants of bulldozed shacks, the slum is a side of Thailand that most tourists are unaware of—and a side of Thailand that the government is attempting to wipe out with little care to the communities that reside within them.
Santiago, the vibrant, overwhelmingly modern capital of Chile, is a sprawling metropolis of seven million people. Amidst the sea of contemporary architecture, there are remnants of the city’s dark, not-so-distant past: the years of political oppression, human rights abuses, and socioeconomic inequality the country suffered under the Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship from 1973 to 1990. Underneath it all, however, Santiago lives up to its nickname of "Sanhattan"— a city that's always in motion, that never sleeps, and that’s home to great spots for exploration.