Bangkok: Call Waiting will be published by an internationally known fine art publisher (Kehrer Verlag) with a world-wide distribution network. In the art book economy, artists generally need to contribute to the cost of publishing their books, even with well known publishers like Kehrer. Although this is my second book with them, it is necessary to provide significant funding to make this happen. I’m really excited that I have another book on the way, so I’m offering some prints at special prices and pre-sales of the book. Artists need to reach out to their communities to make extraordinary projects possible, so I am asking for your help.
Every artist and every photographer's dream is to get some books out. Particularly in the digital age, where every image is transient, books are super important as a lasting record of your work.
For the past few years I've been working intensively on a really interesting, and as far as I know, unique, project in Thailand; here is what it's about.
Thailand is on the full-steroid drip of modernity, in a mad rush to developed world status. But remaining on the streetscape, in the shadow of glistening Bangkok office towers are these phone booths. They may have disappeared almost entirely in some parts of the world, but here they continue to be used, although probably not for much longer. While shooting I was on occasion interrupted by someone, as often a foreigner as not, needing to use the phone. But they serve other functions as well; I was also interrupted by people using the booths as a miniature warehouses needing to retrieve their goods.
These images show an interesting moment in time, the point at which an obsolete technology is still hanging on, though judging from the number of phone booths without working phones, about to disappear. I have also viewed them as surfaces on which to observe the ephemera of Thai society. Within them and on their glass enclosures one sees every possible manifestation of quotidian life...posters and stickers dealing with housing, jobs, sex, food, entertainment, opportunities for education and social advancement, as well as endless tagging by graffiti artists. And politics; during part of this project the Shutdown Bangkok movement left plenty of evidence in the inscriptions on the phone booths. Outside the encrusted claustrophobic enclosures and visible through the glass, life goes on...people sleep, prepare food, play with their pets, hail tuk-tuks, nurse their beers at sidewalk tables, people get out of cabs.
Risks and challenges
Photography for this project has been completed. Book editing and design is well advanced. The challenge lies in that the publishing of the book requires a sizeable amount of the money in order to get the book made. I am not asking for the full amount, but this will help tremendously and allow people to pre buy the book.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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