Group Show in Paris

Several works of mine will be included in this show themed on monochrome – The show will feature photographs, paintings and installation work – From June 1st to July 9th 2017 – Galerie Artima, Paris

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/

 

New Project – Theatre of the Untold

‘Theatre of the Untold ‘ My collaborative project with Thai Choreographer Jitti Chompee will be officially launched with a solo show at Galerie Olivier Waltman on Nov 6th 2015 as part of Festival photo Saint-Germaindes-Prés. 

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Galerie Olivier Waltman

74, rue Mazarine
75006 Paris

t : + 33 1 43 54 76 14

info@galeriewaltman.com
Métro/RER : Saint-Michel / Odéon

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

Muay Thai prints – Limited edition.

I have just launched a limited edition of prints from my Muay Thai series.
The prints are made on thick mat cotton rag, museum grade, archival paper (325 GSM) And limited to editions of 25 prints.

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The first batches are printed and have been shipped to Australia, the US and the UK. The picture above shows prints at the following size: 8.5 x 11″ (21.5 x 28 cm – editions of 25) –

Due to popular demand, I have also added a selection of larger images in editions of 25 as well, A3 / 11.6×16.5″ (29.7x42cm), A2 / 16.5×23.3″ (42×59.4cm) & more closeup images such as the below image printed on a smaller A5 format / in editions of 50

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For info on the print sizing, availability and pricing – please email here

Indian Ocean Tsunami – 10 years on

Today marks the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami, also known as the Boxing Day Tsunami. On Sunday, December 26th 2004 an earth quake measuring 9.2 on the richter scale, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia; caused a tsunami which cost the lives of 230000 people in fourteen countries in Asia and Africa.

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The bodies of tsunami victims who lost their lives in Khao Lak and Takua Pa were brought to local temples turned into makeshift morgues

I covered the immediate aftermath of the disaster un Thailand’s south for several British publications. It was a big turning point in my career, frustrated by the British and western media’s initial obsession with western-centric stories, I spent a lot of my own time concentrating on the local fishing village of Baan Nahm Kem, a village heavily affected by the tsunami. After my experience covering the disaster, I decided to move away from hard news and work more on long form features. I returned many times to Baan Nahm Kem in the months following the tsunami. The story “The fishing village” was the result of these trips.

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The devastation at Baan Nahm Kem village two days after the disaster.

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Met, a local fisherman was on his day off when the waves hit the village. His brothers, out at sea, radioed in saying the sea was behaving strangely, he decided to take the family’s second boat out to go and investigate, he was caught by the wave, the boat was smashed and he was eventually found unconscious, in a tree several hours later with, luckily, only a broken ankle and a few scratches. This photograph was taken 5 months after the tsunami

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Locals search for relatives’ names on a notice board at a temple.

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Five days on, and recovering in hospital with his son and daughter, this man still did not have the heart to tell his daughter that her mother was dead.

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Rescue workers carry the body of a victim 2 days after the disaster.

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On the moring of Dec 26 Chana was squid fishing 3 hours away from shore in his long tail boat with his brother, Man.
He saw a massive wave come from behind him, turned his boat around and miraculously managed to cut across the side of the wave and over it. The boat was damaged but still afloat.
Chana and Man returned to a scene of horror “All we could see was dead bodies and destroyed houses and boats, my first though was: where are my parents”. Chana lost countless friends in the disaster but incredibly all his family members were spared.

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When the wave came Pisek was enjoying a day off with his father. As he saw the wave, he ran to pick up his younger sister’s son and managed to escape the killer wave, his father could not run fast enough. Pisek described his late father as his best friend, a relationship developed over ten years of fishing together. He now goes out at sea with his younger brother Tanisak, who also survived the wave.

 

 

 

 

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/

Quai Branly Exhibition

Paris’ Musée du quai Branly launched its Tatoueurs, tatoués exhibition last week. The biggest of its kind, the 18 month long exhibition features photographs, films, original tattoo artwork on synthetic silicone skins and antique objects from all over the world illustrating the art of tattooing from its very origins and oldest traditions to modern practice.

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Visitors at the Thai section of the exhibition which features my short film Yantra: The Sacred Ink and 4 prints from the series of the same name.

The museum, along with the flamboyant curators Anne et Julien, the people behind art and pop culture magazine Hey! enlisted the help of anthropologists, historians and modern tattoo artists to source an impressive, comprehensive and fascinating collection.

Here are some of my favorites from the exhibition

L: Maras portrait, 2006 © Serie Maras, 2006. Isabel Muñoz. R: Traditional Japanese tattoo © Photo: Tattooinjapan.com / Martin Hladik.

L: Maras portrait, 2006 © Serie Maras, 2006. Isabel Muñoz. R: Traditional Japanese tattoo © Photo: Tattooinjapan.com / Martin Hladik.

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Portrait of an Algerian woman, Algeria, 1960. © Marc Garanger, artist’s private collection.

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Tryptic of Japanse prints: the dual. The prints represent two Kabuki theatre actors in a dual against a winter backdrop. Realised by Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900). The actor on the right is Ichikawa Danjurô, in the rôle of Kumonryû Shishin, a mythical figure tattooed with nine dragons. The actor on the right is Ichikawa Sadanji in the role Kaoshyôrochishin, covered in a Kaidô flower tattoo representing the family of roses. Edo and beginning of Meiji periods, year 18 of the Meiji era, Japan © Musée du quai Branly, photo: Claude Germain.

Women wearing tattoos and costumes. Photographer: anonymous. © CORBIS  Bettmann.

Women wearing tattoos and costumes. Photographer: anonymous. © CORBIS Bettmann.

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Images from the ‘Recueil Lacassagne’, 1920-1940 © Gdalessandro/ENSP.

L: Captain Costentenus tatooed by order of Yakoob-Beg, 19th century © Fonds Dutailly, Ville de Chaumont. R: Traditional Japanese tattoo © Photo: Tattooinjapan.com / Martin Hladik.

L: Captain Costentenus tatooed by order of Yakoob-Beg, 19th century © Fonds Dutailly, Ville de Chaumont. R: Traditional Japanese tattoo © Photo: Tattooinjapan.com / Martin Hladik.

The exhibition's catalogue, published both in English and French is a beautiful 300 page hard cover volume. I am very proud to have my image on the cover.

The exhibition’s catalogue, published both in English and French is a beautiful 300 page hard cover volume. I am very proud to have my image on the cover.

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