Tiane Doan na Champassak: The King of Photography. Self-published, 2011. Unpaged (64 pp). 250 copies the entire edition. SIGNED on colophone page. Photo-illustrated wrappers. Staple-bound. Risograph quadtone printing.
Included in Parr/Badger, The Photobook: A History, vol. III
An wonderful collection of images of the King of Thailand - from bank notes to posters and other official images.
The King is also an ammature photographer himself and is pictured with a camera slung around him in all the images.
As Douglas Stockdale writes in his always excellent blog, The PhotoBook, "Champassak’s concept was to extract found photographs of the King of Thailand while he is holding or using a camera. This photobook is not a regal presentation and absolutely not an authorized biography, as the low quality resolution and printing of the book in conjunction with the very simple saddle stitch binding is not the least bit flattering and a stinging social criticism of this monarch.
Although the King is not portrayed as a stalker or paparazzi, this book does connect with many of the negative attitudes afforded the paparazzi and press photographers. In a real sense the monarch actually keeps a camera between himself and his subjects, that his is monolithic, similar to the lens of his camera, which he views his subjects from a distance and like the film his subjects are captured on, his people become only representative of real people."