Hamid Sardar-Afkhami is a documentary film maker and photographer with a Ph.D. from Harvard University in the field of Inner Asian languages and cultures. He began his career in film-making as a graduate student while exploring the Himalayas as an associate of the Harvard Film Study Center and as a National Geographic Society explorer.
Inspired by the pioneers of exploration photography, Sardar-Afkhami devotes his cameras to telling the story of endangered cultures who maintain a spiritual dialogue with the natural world. Spanning over a decade and across the world, Sardar-Afkhami has directed and produced several prize-winning feature documentaries and industrial films for corporate clients. His editorials have been featured in prestigious publications such as National Geographic, Geo, Le Figaro Magazine and Paris Match.
Taylor Weidman is a freelance photojournalist based in Southeast Asia. Taylor graduated with a Master’s in Photojournalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University. After working at The Christian Science Monitor, Taylor left the States and has covered news stories for a variety of clients from three continents. His personal work concentrates on the intersection between development and indigenous cultures. Taylor’s award-winning work has been published by Geo France, NPR, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, and many other outlets. He has published three photography books, including Mustang: Lives and Landscapes of the Lost Tibetan Kingdom, with a foreword written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.Taylor is a co-founder of the Vanishing Cultures Project, an initiative which partners with indigenous groups worldwide to safeguard cultural values and practices. For more information, please visit the website: vcproject.org.