Shwedagon, Yangon, 2009.
Barry Broman began his photographic career in 1962 as an Associated Press photographer in Bangkok. After receiving a BA in political science in 1967 and MA in Southeast Asian studies in 1968 from the University of Washington, he served as an infantry officer in the US Marine Corps in Vietnam and later as liaison officer in Thailand.
Broman served more than 25 years in the US Department of State, mostly in Southeast Asia, and retired in 1996 after serving as the US Counselor of Embassy in Yangon, Myanmar. Since retiring from government service, he has been actively writing and photographing books and producing documentary films.
These include Cambodia: The Land and Its People (2009), Myanmar Architecture: Cities of Gold (2005), Irrawaddy: Benevolent River of Burma (2004) and Spiritual Abodes of Thailand (2005). Among the films he has produced are Flowers of Death (2003), about drugs in the Golden Triangle and Jim Thompson, The Man and the Legend (2006).