The brand new Leica Gallery Bangkok celebrates its opening with an exhibition of veteran photo-journalist Nick Ut
Bangkok recently became the 19th city to host a Leica Gallery, joining Milan, Los Angeles, Prague, Kyoto, Tokyo, Sao Paolo, Istanbul, and Singapore among other leading cities, and is celebrating with an exhibition of works by Pulitzer prize winning photo-journalist Nick Ut.
Located in the heart of Bangkok, right next door to the specialist camera store on second floor of Gaysorn Village, Leica Gallery Bangkok is aiming to encourage photographic exploration and appreciation and will feature works of local shutterbugs alongside those of internationally renowned lensmen while also fostering the development of photographic arts in the region.
Large and airy with more than 100 square metres of space, the gallery draws on the traditional Thai krajang pattern often seen on Buddhist painting or ancient architecture for its interior decor. Visitors can chill at the cafe area as well as admire the view from a balcony overlooking bustling Ratchaprasong.
“The decor adds special dimensions to the gallery and is ideal for the exhibitions we are planning throughout the year,” said Danai Sorakraikitikul, managing director of A-List, Leica’s sole distributor of Leica for Thailand.
“The atmosphere is elegant but welcoming. The response from Thai customers since the opening Leica Thailand two years ago has been very positive so we feel confident about showcasing the rising stars of the photographic world.”
This first exhibition titled “My Story by Nick Ut”, features 25 of the photographer’s best-known works including “Terror of War” – most often referred to as “the Napalm Girl” – his prize-winning photograph of a naked girl fleeing a napalm attack, and other images from the Vietnam War. They’re on show until the end of April.
Art director and chief representative of Leica Galleries International Karin RehnKaufmann was in Bangkok for the opening of the new gallery along with Ut himself. She told XP that alternating exhibitions by world-known lensmen with local talent had worked well since the establishment of the first venue in Salzburg, Austria a decade ago.
“Thailand has such a unique identity and concept and lots of new talents,” she continued. “The gallery will be the hub to encourage more exposure of both local and international photo arts from around the world.”
Several of those local talents turned out for the opening, among them Nat Prakobsantisuk, Tada Varich, Surachanee Limatibul, socialites were such as Tipanan Srifuengfung, Natapree Pichaironarongsongkram, Chettha Songthaveepol, Akarat Vanarat, Pattree Bhakdibutr, Charn Srivikorn and Pimpisa Chirathivat.