The Jury of Golden Orchid
Mattia Passarini is an Italian photographer who has great passion for indigenous people and tribes as well as different ethnic groups. He considers traveling to the most neglected Asiatic countryside areas and capturing the traditions and cultures before they disappear. In recent years he focuses his research on the varieties, locations, habits and especially on the visible distinguishing features, which people express through body tattoo and body modifications. After spending few years between UK and USA, he moved to China in 2006 and lives there till now. At this moment he is working on some project focusing on local ethnic group, extending this to the neighboring country.