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 and documentary...
My latest collaboration with the UK's Geographical Magazine - the Magazine of the Royal Geographical Society. The feature delves in to the valuable role of women environmental rights defenders in protecting their communities from large corporations in Thailand. November 2017 - Geographical
Exhibition: Side by Side - Women Human Rights Defenders 2018
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
With the photography now complete (as of yesterday) I am pleased to announce that 'Side by Side - Women Human Rights Defenders 2018' will open at Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre on the 29th November at 10am. The project was a collaboration between NGO Protection International and The Embassy of Canada in Bangkok.
Marking the occasion of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, all 20 of these inspirational women from across Thailand will attend the event and talk about their experiences.
Open to all on the 1st floor so if you are in Bangkok do come.
The Afro-Sri Lankans
Friday, October 13, 2017
Having returned from Sri Lanka a few weeks ago I have finally had time to edit my documentary about the Afro-Sri Lankan community which was kindly supported by the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA). I chose to shoot this project in September because on the 24th they held an event commemorating 500 years since they believed their ancestors were first brought to the island by the Portuguese and 200 years since slavery was abolished in Sri Lanka. It was the first time the community has ever held such an event and was an incredibly special and important time for them. If you are interested to see the pictures you can visit at http://www.lukeduggleby.com/sri-lankas-african-diaspora
SAJA Reporting Fellowship
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I just arrived back in Sri Lanka to begin a 2 week long reporting fellowship that I was awarded earlier this year from the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) in the U.S.
The grant allows me to continue my long-term project called The Sidi Project (http://thesidiproject.com) that documents the African diaspora of South Asia, the descendants of slaves forcibly brought eastwards by the colonial powers of the Portuguese, French, Dutch and British as part of the Indian Ocean slave trade.
For the next 2 weeks I will be focusing on the tiny and fragile population living on Sri Lanka in scattered and fragmented communities. Thanks to the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) for helping me to make this documentary that see's very little attention in todays media. And to Redux Pictures and photo editor Jeff Campagna at The Smithsonian Magazine for their support.
Canadian composer Frank Horvat collaborates with Luke Duggleby
Sunday, August 27, 2017
Canadian composer Frank Horvat received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council - Conseil des arts de l'Ontario—to complete 35 string quartet compositions that will accompany each of my photographs featured in my project, For Those Who Died Trying. Supported by Protection International, this project is dedicated to remembering fallen Thai human rights defender's, some cases going back 20+ years, by placing a portrait of the deceased at the exact place where they were killed or abducted.
About Musical DNA Looking at the English spelling of each of the victims name in For Those Who Died Trying— composer Frank Horvat extracted the musical notes (A,E,C etc..). He then used them to compose a 2+ minute composition that he titled, the Musical DNA of that person! How incredible is that?
In the next few months, Frank will be working hard to complete all 35 pieces. Soon after, Frank and I will present a series of exhibitions that combines the photographs and their accompanying music!
We will keep you posted as to when and where these will take place.
Aljazeera.com published our most recent collaboration and a story very close to my heart. Over the course of a few years I have visited this particular community in Southern Thailand becoming very close to the villagers living there. For over a decade they have endured more than most of us would be subject to in a lifetime. Their resilience and strength in the face of such danger continues to inspire me. Click on the link to learn about the plight of the village of Klong Sai Pattana and see my photographs taken there.
Recipient of the South Asian Journalists Association Reporting Fellowship
Monday, July 3, 2017
Feeling extremely proud to be one of two winning recipients for this years South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) reporting fellowship. This grant will allow me to continue The Sidi Project, a project I have been working on and obssessed with for several years that documents the communities of African diaspora that live throughout the peripheries of the Indian Ocean.
Their existence in the countries of South Asia and beyond is largely the result of an eastern movement of slaves from Africa across the Indian Ocean by colonial powers to fuel their expansion east. These eastern slave trade routes are of far greater antiquity to that of the Atlantic but far less documented and the project aims to highlight this tragic and little known history through the lives of their descendants, who still suffer from discrimination and poverty today yet are proud of their African heritage.
Using this grant I will continue my coverage of the tiny and fragile community that lives on Sri Lanka. Thank you to South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA) for having faith in my project and Redux Pictures for helping during the application stages.
If you would like to see images from my first visit to this community you can here www.lukeduggleby.com.
Itthipat Peeradechapan for Forbes Magazine
Monday, June 12, 2017
My last portrait shoot for Forbes Magazine. What do you do if you have the boss of a seaweed snack empire worth $610m and a really dull office to photograph him in? Make him a bed of seaweed to relax on!
Honored to be part of a 13 page spread in Germany's mare magazine this month. The story is about Pakistan's salt mines that I documented in Punjab Province and the pictures are accompanied with a wonderful essay by Andrzej Rybak. A huge thank you to a wonderful picture editor Barbara Strauss.
Even Harley-Davidson Can’t Resist the Tug of Overseas Factories
Friday, May 26, 2017
Last weeks assignment for the New York Times in Bangkok was to illustrate an article about the iconic American brand Harley-Davidson and it's overseas expansion in Asia, specifically Thailand where it is building a factory. Very interesting story considering Trump's promises to keep manufacturing in the U.S.
Instagram takeover of new photography initiative in the North of England
Monday, March 27, 2017
This week I'll be posting and supporting the @lensthinkyorkshire instagram feed. This new initiative aims to bring photography to a wider audience in the area where I grew up, Yorkshire, UK. Launching in May 2017 it will be organize bi-monthly socials in Yorkshire to meet, share work, ideas, and develop photography in the North.
I was born and bred in York but moved to Asia in 2003 to further my career. I will be sharing with you a long-term project that was completed at the end of 2015 and published as a book in Germany, Austria and Switzerland called Salz der Erde by mareVerlag. Translated as Salt of the Earth the project was a collaboration between myself and a Spanish architect called Mikel Landa and documents the most unique and traditional salt making places on every continent from China to Uganda, Indonesia to Peru.
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 of course 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. But modernization has led to many saltworks being abandoned 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.
Taking 5 years to complete I will be posting a selection of my favorite images from this project. You can follow me on IG at @lukedugglebyphoto.
Human Rights Report by Fortify Rights
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Always an honor to have an image gracing the cover of such an important publication by the human rights NGO Fortify Rights.
The cover image shows members of Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT)–a community-led group advocating for land rights for farmers in Surat Thani Province—mourn the death of four of its members. Mr. Somporn Pattanaphum, Ms. Montha Chukaew, Ms. Pranee Boonrak, and Mr. Chai Boonthonglek are believed to have been killed due to their activities with SPFT. November 28, 2016
The inside image shows Ms. Usa Suwannaphat crying before a portrait of her slain husband, Chai Boonthonglek, a land rights activist and member of the community- based organization Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT) killed in February 2015 in Surat Thani Province, Thailand. In November 2016, the Appeals Court upheld the acquittal of the only suspect in the killing of Chai Boonthonglek, citing a lack of evidence. November 28, 2016
Between 3 March and 3 April my documentary FOR THOSE WHO DIED TRYING will be exhibited at the Cultuurcentrum Mechelen in Belgium.
‘For Those Who Died Trying’ presents the photographs of 37 murdered or abducted human rights defenders in Thailand. This project in collaboration with Protection International 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.
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.
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!
For Those Who Died Trying in the Netherlands
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
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
Salt project in Landscape Architecture Frontiers
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
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.
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.
The Other Hundred Educators
Friday, December 9, 2016
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.
Selected Works of "For Those Who Died Trying" on show
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Selected pieces of “For Those Who Died Trying” are featured at the official residence of H.E. Ms Donica Pottiethe 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.
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:
Special thanks to Graham Letorney for making the transition as smooth as possible.
Salz der Erde Book
Monday, October 17, 2016
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
For Those Who Died Trying in Spain
Saturday, October 15, 2016
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.