By The Nation
Cohen’s career as a photojournalist spans more than three decades, working mainly in Asia, His work has been published in a wide array of international publications including covers for Time magazine and The New York Times, for whom he worked regularly for many years.
As a resident of Bangkok, he has watched the city going through multiple changes. However, Chinatown has retained its unique traits and never pretends to be anything else. Ordinary people who live and work in this district are proud of its authenticity.
“My journey through Chinatown is a personal odyssey – a visual exploration of Bangkok through photographs echoing stories and history full of culture. It is home to vibrant communities.
“I started with my enthusiasm for the area as well as a passion for playing with light and shadow. This district looks like a theatrical scenography that keeps changing over 10 years. I feel related to it and it becomes my duty to preserve memories for this community before they disappear.
“The MRT (metro) route and arrivals of new business are now affecting Chinatown’s identities and I worry that life as it is today will become just memories in the next 10 years. What makes it unique is its ordinariness and authenticity. It is rare to find in Bangkok. This city of materialism is filled with emerging evolution that has rendered it soulless.” said Cohen.
Cohen will give a talk about his work on February 2 at 2pm free of charge. Reserve your seat at https://goo.gl/tTuR9n.
Cohen has been working as a videographer and director of photography for local and international television networks. He is also a co-founder of the online photo service www.LightRocket.com. Check out his archive work at www.YvanCohen.com.