Travel: The Photography of King Bhumibol of Thailand

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through the lense of His Majesty King Bhumibol

King Bhumibol, of Thailand, who sadly passed away last year, was a man of many talents.  As well as being a musician, an inventor, and inspiration to the people of Thailand for 70 years, he was also a very talented photographer. 

For most of his adult life, whether visiting up country rural Thailand, or attending the most regal of royal events, he was rarely seen without carrying a camera.

As part of the country’s many events to mark the great King’s passing, is an exhibition of his photography, at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre.  The exhibition contains around 200 of the King’s photographs, many of which have never been seen before

I visited the exhibition earlier this month, and this video shows some of my favourite photograph’s

Three periods of the late King’s life.

The beginning of the reign is captured in black and white, and many give an intimate look into early family life.  Amongst the family portraits, is a striking B&W photograph of a young, and glamorous Queen Sirikit, with a touch of Jackie Kennedy.  It’s one of my favourites of the exhibition.

The early black and white gives way to the vivid palette of Kodak colour film of the 1960’s and 70’s.  These are my favourite selection in the collection, especially  these wonderful portraits of Queen Sirikit. I think you can tell from these pictures that the King is very much in love with his Queen.  And the more informal ones like this shot but are never anything less than regal

The latter periods centre around the King’s many trips around Thailand, and show the development of the country, as the King’s life at palaces.  These images gives a sense of what it feels to be the recipient of the adoration that the King was held in by the people of Thailand.

Exhibition times and location

The exhibition is on at the Bangkok Art and Cultural Centre, and runs until January 2018. It’s well worth visiting if you are in Bangkok






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