At Joanna MacLean’s web site, you can visit her stunning photographic portfolios of people and places, capturing a rich and compelling visual narrative from a wide variety of cultures of people and the places they call home–Myanmar, Japan, Australia, Greenland, Iceland, New Zealand, and many more to come.
Joanna is deeply involved with various philanthropic projects: she is consultant to NAKA Elephant Foundation, which is dedicated to the conservation and well-being of elephants. She is a founding member of the Asian Captive Elephant Working Group (ACEWG), a group of regional elephant specialists, veterinarians, researchers and conservationists, working to create awareness about the problems and the solutions, and to provide recommendations improving healthcare and management practices for captive elephants, across Asia. She is also an Advisor to Skills for Life, a foundation which provides vocational training and job opportunities for underprivileged youth from Hill Tribes around Chiang Mai, Thailand.
JOANNA MACLEAN, Photographer, Author, and Lecturer
Her knowledge and understanding of the many world cultures she has visited is expansive, beautifully expressed in her photographs, books, and lectures; In her book, Two Eggs And A Lemon, the simple gift of two eggs and a lemon from a young boy and his poverty-stricken family becomes the symbolic title of Joanna MacLean’s remarkable diary, chronicling her four years in Myanmar. Working with the Red Cross, From 2002 through 2006, at a pivotal period in the country’s political transformation. It is an honest, intimate story of an exotic people within a culture shaped by the pulse of Buddhism, a people of indelible spirit in the face of adversities. But the real gift of Two Eggs and a Lemon is MacLean’s focus on the stories of people she met and learned from, and how such humble generosities bridge our understanding of human commonality. It is now supported by another publication Portraits of Myanmar which is a collection of photographs from the same period.