photographer at work....
Sorry, the assistant.
with the monks
of the Vat Sen in Luang Prabang, Laos.
nationality, I was born in 1959, in Sétif (Algeria). So far
my life has been an undirected journey of discovery, you will perceive
that I choose to look at the behaviours and the details from which,
we should believe that the recurrent violence characteristic of our
world can be overwelmed by inspirational, cultural and intellectual
Even though the humdrum aspects of life as shown here don't
emulate the spice of stronger news images selectively recording the events devastating
our earth, it is nevertheless the essence of human activity, which finally becomes
more interesting and instructive when one really takes the time to look at it.
If sometimes polemic about photography becomes annoying, it
is equaly evident that the images, which emerge from the constraints of the view
finder and the quirky decisions of the manipulator, are systematically reductive
and biased. Nonetheless I continue to be fascinated by the curiosity provoked
by photography, prompting all involved, both producers and consumers, to sharpen
their visual sense, to improve their concentration, to reveal their sensitivity
and as a consequence, to simply grow.
The paradox of the photographic tool used to explore the wide
world is to reduce it into pieces of film hardly bigger than a postage stamp.
Additionally the ambiguity of hiding behind a camera when approaching strangers,
makes perfect the self-delusion that we can see and know everything. The photographs
taken under the light of these inconsistencies entice me, through my nonsensical
reasoning, to answer the question "shall we be able to live together ?"raised
by the French sociologist Alain Touraine, in his book "Pourrons nous vivre
ensemble?": Yes, it is worth it! Despiste the large production of pictures,
strange and perverse mixtures of information, "faction" and "fiction",
that would persuade a large part of us to believe the opposite.
lens of the camera brings to me a satisfaction when it delivers through a film
or a print some part of the composition previously
visualised; the outcome nevertheless doesn't matter much, compared to the benefit
of a procedure that consists in taking time to look acutely around and get the
inspiration that determine one's fulfilment. If the few photographs shown on
this web site bring to you, the visitor, some of my eagerness to share my belief
in contemplation, I might have communicated even a small part of my enthusiasm
and could consider that I have not completely wasted my and your time.
Duo with painting artist wife, Somboon Phoungdorkmai
-1998 An artist in Luang Prabang, Rajanakarn Building, Bangkok, Thailand
-1999 An artist in Luang Prabang, Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club, Thailand
-2000 Au Coeur de l’hôtel, Royal Meridien Phuket Yacht Club, Thailand
-2001 Regards croisés, Boathouse Gallery, Phuket, Thailand
-2008 Letter from Hanoi, Akko Art Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand
-2008 Asia Art Link, National Museum in Hanoi, Vietnam
-2008 Enchanting Nonthaburi portraying.
-2008 Air France 75th anniversary, Grand Palais in Paris, France - (Selection of the National Geographic France)
-2009 April:Collective exhibition Black Market, Bangkok Art Center Museum, Thailand
-2009 The banks of the mekong in Luang Prabang,
Town hall city of Boulogne/Gesse, Southern-France