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    Luke Duggleby

    Photographer
    Redux Pictures
  • Location: Bangkok, Thailand
    Nationality: British
    Biography:       Luke Duggleby is a British born award-winning freelance photographer who has been based in Asia for over a decade. After leaving the UK with a degree in photography he moved east to develop his career as a travel, portraiture... read on

For Those Who Died Trying in Thailand

Sunday, January 29, 2017 | News | Exhibitions

Finally, one year after completing the documentary For Those Who Died Trying, it will be exhibited in the country it was produced - Thailand.

For Those Who Died Trying looks to remember Thai environmental activists and human rights defenders who were killed fighting for what's right. A photograph of each person is placed on the exact location, or as close to as possible, where the person was killed or disappeared.

Research by NGO Protection Intermational says that over 50 people have been murdered or abducted in the last 20 years.

35 large prints representing 37 people will be shown at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre from January 31st to February 5th. After that it will be show at the Chiang Mai Photo Festival for the rest of February.

To read more about this documentary you can visit www.lukeduggleby.com.
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The Car Cemetery

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | News

In the 10 years that records have been kept the New Year death toll during what the Thai media term the "seven dangerous days" between Dec 29 to Jan 4 2017 was the highest its ever been. A total of 478 people were killed and 4,128 injured in road accidents as Thai people travel around the country celebrating the New Year. Thailand ranks one of the highest in the world for road fatalities and every year it gets worse. 

In 2015 I shot a small project using long exposures and portable lighting to try to illustrate this issue and will share a series of images from that set. 

On the outskirts of Bangkok in a scruffy suburb is a car crash depository. Dubbed ‘the car cemetery’ by locals it was where many of Bangkok’s damaged wrecks would end up if no-one else wanted to them. But the site has also taken on another reputation; that of being one of the most haunted places in the city, third to be precise according to a local TV station. Thai’s are very superstitious people and most believe in ghosts or spirits. Here it was believed that the spirits of those killed in the crashes remained with the vehicles they died in. Many a passerby or taxi driver have stories of people in and around the compound who then simply vanishing. 

With most crashed cars now being bought at auctions the car cemetery doesn’t receive new vehicles anymore but many of the old ones remain surrounded by weeds and covered in rust. Grotesque relics and unwanted wrecks in a country where far to many people die unnecessarily on the road. 
Whether you believe in spirits or not this ghostly reminder shows that people's driving habits must change. 478 is far too many!
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For Those Who Died Trying in the Netherlands

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | News | Exhibitions

For those in or near Holland my "For Those Who Died Trying" photo exhibit continues its European tour, starting 2017 at DOOR in the Netherlands from 15 to 29 of January with Defenders in Dordrecht More informations at: http://ow.ly/p1Cn307ixn5
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Salt project in Landscape Architecture Frontiers

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | News | Awards & Features

The salt project (Salz der Erde) has just published in the prestigious Landscape Architecture Frontiers (LAF) publication this month. LAF is a bi-monthly, topic-oriented publication and the only bilingual Chinese periodical exploring contemporary landscape research and practice: www.asla.org 

My colleague and co-producer of Salz der Erde Mikel Landa wrote the accompanying article about the way traditional salt production changes the visual landscape.

The salt project was a 5 year collaboration completed at the end of 2015 between myself and the Spanish architect and photographer Mikel Landa. We documented the world's most fascinating and unique traditional salt making sites - from China to Bolivia, Senegal to Denmark. The result was a book published by mareVerlag in Germany.

You can see more images from this project on www.lukeduggleby.com.
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On Redux Pictures Instagram feed this week...

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 | News

This week I am taking over Redux Pictures instagram feed. I will be showing images from my long-term project on the Southern Thai community of Klong Sai Pattana. You can drop by their IG feed on @reduxpictures or @lukedugglebyphoto.
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The Other Hundred Educators

Friday, December 9, 2016 | News | Awards & Features

Honored to be included in the wonderful philanthropic project The Other Hundred. This year the subject, that has been made in to a beautiful book, is called Educators which looks to highlight the important work of teachers in all their different forms and environments. My selected submission was from Cambodia in the form of a Buddhist monk called Bun Saluth who managed to save over 18,000 hectares of forest in his home province from logging. Today he still protects the forest and educates others as to the importance and benefits of saving the forest. Well done Bun Saluth and all the other amazing educators.
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Selected Works of "For Those Who Died Trying" on show

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

Selected pieces of “For Those Who Died Trying” are featured at the official residence of H.E. Ms Donica Pottie the ambassador of Canada in Thailand for the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender violence” campaign and Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.

The photos will also be displayed during a lunch for women human rights defenders event to mark International Human Rights Day on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 at the official residence of the ambassador of Canada.

For more information visit www.protectioninternational.org
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International Photo Awards 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016 | Awards & Features

So the results of the International Photo Awards 2016 came out end of October but I have just seen (they don't let you know) that I was awarded 3 honorable mentions.

Salz der Erde in the Book; Nature category (www.photoawards.com)

A Village Under Siege in the Editorial; Environmental category (www.photoawards.com)

The End of the Enclaves in the Editorial; Political category (www.photoawards.com).

A nice start to the week! ;)

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Bangkok shoot for Forbes Magazine

Friday, December 2, 2016 | News

A portrait shoot I did last week for Forbes Magazine about the founders of Bangkok's Skytrain, something that anyone living in Bangkok really could not do without. The story tells of how Keeree Kanjanapas and his son, of a Thai-Hong Kong family went nearly bankrupt in building the BTS Skytrain, but glided to billions: 

http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesasia/2016/11/29/against-all-odds-keeree-kanjanapas-built-bangkoks-mass-transit-systems/#6138d0154658
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Luke Duggleby launches new website.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 | News

I am very happy to introduce my new website to you guys of FotoVisura community.

If you have a chance please check it out!

www.lukeduggleby.com

Special thanks to Graham Letorney for making the transition as smooth as possible.
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Salz der Erde Book

Monday, October 17, 2016 | News

Salz der Erde (Salt of the Earth) published by mareVerlag in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in German language is available on the publishers website www.mare.de. The book is an indepth look in to one of the world's most important commodities; salt. 

Taken for granted in modern times salt remains one of the most important minerals for human survival. Our bodies demand it. Since we walked this earth humans have searched out salt and for millennia the control of a salt source and its trade provided empires with power and wealth. And why? Because before the development of refrigeration, salt was vital in preserving food, and ofcourse making food taste better. Without salt to preserve meat or fish early explorers and sailors would have had a much harder time during their travels.

Throughout history local people have developed some ingenious and sometimes bizarre ways of extracting salt and this fact alone formed the basis of this book. In remote regions throughout the world, on isolated islands, hidden in remote valleys or high up on mountainous plateaus, people still use the methods of old to produce this vital mineral.

Salz der Erde is the result of 5 years of work and collaboration between architect Mikel Landa and photographer Luke Duggleby. The aim was to document and illustrate some of the worlds most unique and special traditional salt producing places. Covering 29 places in total, which were divided in two between Luke and Mikel, on four continents they aimed to show the sheer diversity of salt production and the communities that still rely on it for their livelihood.

But modernization has led to many saltworks being abdandoned in industrialized countries, a process that is slowly reaching every traditional saltworks even those in remote regions. Cheap low-quality factory salt has flooded the market and as a result the demand for labour intensive traditional salt, despite its superior quality, declined. However, there is one factor that could save these disappearing traditional salt making sites and that is quality. Handmade salt is vastly superior in quality and it is this fact that has lead to the preservation and renewal of several sites across Europe and America. It is thick fact that the authors want to remind the reader so that we can help preserve those sites that still remain

The book features 30 locations from across the globe such as Peru, Thailand, Denmark, U.S.A, Senegal, China, India, Azerbaijan and Pakistan as well as essays on the subject by world experts. 348 pages. ISBN 978-3-86648-224-1. To see more of my images you can visit my website www.lukeduggleby.com


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For Those Who Died Trying in Spain

Saturday, October 15, 2016 | News | Exhibitions

My photo documentary titled For Those Who Died Trying will be exhibited in PAMPLONA, SPAIN: 17-23 October at Casa de la Juventud.
This is the 3rd location in Europe this year for the exhibition, which is supported by Protection International, after the Palais de Nations at the UN HQ in Geneva and inside the European Parliament in Brussels last month.

‘For Those Who Died Trying’ presents the photographs of 37 murdered or abducted human rights defenders in Thailand. It looks to remember those who died defending human rights and protecting the environment by placing a portrait of the human rights defender, when possible, at the exact place he or she was murdered or abducted.

For more information: www.protectioninternational.org.
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