"Far from the traffic jams and the go-go bars, Nitsch takes us into the front rooms of the eight million ordinary Thais who are the real Bangkok: busy, chaotic-looking, organised by an impenetrable idiosyncrasyand unashamedly human." – John Burdett, Author

"Beautiful." – Stefan Sagmeister

Beyond the skyscrapers and neon signs, which also increasingly oust the traditional cityscape of Bangkok, the photographer-artist Peter Nitsch grants us an intimate view of the retail businesses that are typical of Southeast Asia and the lives of their owners. For many of them the mostly two-storey shop, that on the lower level is open to the street, is workplace and living space in one. Thus Nitsch’s photographs condense entire lifestyles in cramped surrounding that are often crammed full to the last centimetre and nevertheless radiate an almost meditative peace.

Peter Nitsch‘s notes:

This time-lapse shows half a day in a Bangkok "Hair Salon" and it‘s result, a 1.80 x 1.80 m framed image and it‘s preparation for an exhibition in the Kathmandu Gallery. It isn‘t intedended to be a perfect time-lapse. Instead, it tries to visually emulate the rough and changing color settings and thus be closer to the real feeling of this particular "Hair Salon" – a buzzing honeycomb in the humming megacity Bangkok. If you attend the salon you really feel transported back in time, Thai-music from the 70‘s radiates out of the 20 year old radio, people chatting amongst one another as if they were old friends – and the owner looks after you like you were her own daughter or son – you really feel at home there.

In this "Hair Salon", life and work are close roommates. Whilst the people are getting nice hair cuts, the owner of this mamma and papa house is preparing food for her lunch (you can see the potato peelings lying on the floor in the final fine-art photography at timecode 02:46 – which is permanently exhibited in the entrance at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Bangkok – shown at the end of the time-lapse). More photographs from this ongoing project can be seen in the app "SHOPHOUSES - 4 x 8 m Bangkok.

SHOPHOUSES are International Photography Award Los Angeles winner of "Honorable Mention".

Get the real Bangkok and download the fine-art photography app for iPhone and iPad incl. time-lapse video here:

Are you planning to visit Bangkok and want to get a hair cut at a real local place? Then you definitely should visit the salon of Madame Chusri Sripengsub from the time-lapse video above:

Chusri Beauty Salon
Madame Chusri Sripengsub
11 Soi Sukha 1
Phaeungnakorn Rd
Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200

ร้านเสริมสวย ชูศรี
คุณ ชูศรี ศรีเพ็งทรัพย์
11 ซ. สุขา 1, ถ.เฟ่ืองนคร
พระนคร, 10200 กรุงเทพฯ

Further information:


Ploi Malakul, Simone Hoffmeister, Regina Moths, Tananuj Indrambandhu, Pi Todd, Masa Malakul, Pratan Leo Buranasiri, Thajhathum Theo Buranasiri, Madame Chusri Sripengsub, Tatpicha Pipa, John Burdett, Sujata Massey, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany Bangkok, Elke Tiedt, Dr. Hanns H. Schumacher, M. L. Orus Devakul, Nitiya Sitayotin, Manit Sriwanichpoom, Jo Klockgether, Stefan Onasch, Gregory Galligan, "Sir" Frank Percival, Madame Chusri Sripengsub

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