Publication in De Volkskrant

Dutch National Newspaper featured Yantra: The Sacred Ink as a full double page spread today, mentioning the Body Art show at Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam where my film is on show.

Time Magazine Shoot – Thailand’s Teen Fashion “Mixmaster”

I shot a series of portraits and a video / interview for Time Magazine, with the fabulous teen fashion designer phenomenon Apichet “Madaew” Atirattana. It was a fun shoot in Bangkok and Kanchanaburi, Thailand, outdoors and in the studio. The outfit in the below image Time selected you might ask? Probably best described as the result of “fashion foraging” Hits the news stands today.

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Here’s the Video:

You can see the full story here by Charlie Campbell

http://time.com/4518801/apichet-atirattana-next-generation-leaders/

 

Polaroid 6, “Iggy”, Bangkok

The 6th image from #apolaroidaday is of “Iggy” a taxi driver from Bangkok.

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This image has a big significance for me as it was the one which persuaded me to apply chemical alterations directly to the large format negatives of my personal project ‘Yantra: The Sacred Ink’ – I had first met Goh at Wat Bang Phra tattoo festival a year earlier and photographed him there with a 6×6 camera against a white wall. His wiry build and Iggy Pop-like natural cool, along with very shinny eyes made him a very striking sitter. I got his details to arrange a portrait session at his home on the outskirts of Bangkok.

It was over a year before we finally did the shoot, and “Iggy” was the first sitter for my series of large format portraits. I had my large format field camera with me (Toyo AII) large format film and one sheet of the legendary “pos-neg” (positive negative) Polaroid Type 55 PN film. This film, along with its smaller pack film counterpart Polaroid 665, were the only instant films to produce a reusable negative. They were by then already discontinued, prices on ebay were skyrocketing, and this last sheet was actually 17 years out of date! I did not expect much from this last sheet, I had no negative tank with me so I chose to process the film later at home leaving the envelope in the Polaroid back. When I processed the Polaroid back at home, I could see a slightly veiled negative with chemical marks on it, “oh well never-mind then I thought”, let it dry and moved on to other things, thinking the large format negatives I left at the lab will have the image I want on one of them. The next day I scanned the Polaroid negative out of curiosity and absolutely loved the result, a scarred negative, reminiscent of the permanent marks on his body. The dilemma: how to achieve this result in some sort of controlled manner? Getting Polaroid 55 from Ebay was out of the question because of the price and besides, this sheet was 17 years out of date, so this was a random chance result. After much experimentation in the darkroom and some ruined negatives, I was finally satisfied with the result, and while it was not really the same as the image of Iggy, it was what I was looking for. I have stayed in touch with “Iggy” and ended up shooting two short films with him.

Photographed in 2009 – 30×40″ Edition of 10 Ⓒ Cedric Arnold

Christopher Lee

British screen and stage legend Christopher Lee, famed for his roles as the “baddie” in Dracula, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars has passed away at the grand old age of 93. I had the opportunity to photograph him back in 2006, he was a real gentleman and a wonderful story teller.

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Christopher Lee – Photographed in Bangkok, 2006 – © Cedric Arnold

Though he was tired and had recently been ill, he was cracking jokes and telling me stories during the shoot, a real class act.

The Independent’s obituary and their take on his roles as the baddie

Time Magazine – John Winyu Portrait

A portrait I shot of Thai political satirist John Winyu Wongsurawat is in today’s edition of Time Magazine.

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Winyu, Thailand’s answer to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show, is a TV host presenting the political satire show “Shallow News in Depth” – He was chosen to represent Thailand for Time Magazine’s “Next Generation Leaders” series, for which I also shot a video.

The article, Q&A and video are on this page: http://time.com/3583214/laughing-at-the-establishment-in-thailand/