Peter Nitsch (Editor, Photographer)
Jochen Muessig (Author)
Ploi Malakul Na Ayudhaya (Editor)
Format: Hardback 132 pages
Date of publication: August 2007
Publisher: Rupa Publishing
Bangkok, mega-city, economic metropolis and city of 400 temples, can be both fascinating and sometimes nauseating at the same time: loud, dirty and chaotic, then again, there is also a peaceful and reserved side. The illustrated book at hand displays the Venice of the East in its contradictory beauty, without over-romanticising the city. Authentic, surprising and bursting with emotion.
Peter Nitsch's photographs document life on the streets of Bangkok with an individual and virtually intimate look at the city: The central theme is mankind within the urban environment of the metropolis. The pictures show scenes, gestures, characters: an old hairdresser, a frame-maker, a traditional soup kitchen and a lady selling Buddha garlands at night-time. They all go to represent an attempt to preserve a little Thai identity within a continuously globalising city.
The subject of Asia has enthused Peter Nitsch, the photographer who was born in 1973, since his childhood. As a boy, he gained his first impressions by watching Chinese kung fu films. Today he is fascinated by the zest for life and the savoir-vivre expressed by the people of Thailand. He spends several months each year in Thailand and would like to convey some of the spellbinding impressions that the fascinating metropolis has to offer by presenting this book to an interested public.
Jochen Muessig, born in 1960, ex chief editor of several magazines, now a travel journalist (Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt, WAZ etc.) and also an author of numerous book volumes, has become very familiar with Thailand during the last 27 years. Dozens of trips have lead to numerous articles and books about Siam. After landing in Bangkok, the first thing he always does is to visit a cook shop not far from Silom Road.
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