From the Archives: Adryel Talamantes
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About the archive singles
I met Adryel Talamentes in Bangkok back in the beginning of 2022. Photographers from Bangkok, including Hans Kemp, Kars Tuinder, Tim Russell, Kat Jak, Aroon Thaewchatturat, and many more, gathered at Photohostel in Talad Noi. Adryel Talamentes was sitting next to me and we came to talk about photography, NFTs, Bangkok and he was telling me tales from his life as documentary photographer.
"There's no standard way of approaching a story.
We have to evoke a situation, a truth.
This is the poetry of life's reality"
- Henri Cartier-Bresson
The term documentary photography typically refers to artwork that captures a true moment and conveys a message about the world. As opposed to photojournalism, which concentrates on breaking news events, it typically focusses on an ongoing issue or story seen through a series of photographs. Recently I was recalling his vivid explanations and asked him if he would like to share some of his memories from his archives as caption with DRAWLIGHTS.
Adryel Talamantes is a photojournalist originally from the United States based in Bangkok, Thailand. The identity and memories we experience as a society often define themselves by the historical events we witness, and when such events happen it is photo and video journalists who see history unfold in ways few others do. Adryel’s love for visual storytelling with both still photography and video stems from his desire to share these moments and experiences in a clear, unfiltered context The focus of his work centers on news and documentary subject matter and he has covered stories in Cambodia, the Hong Kong S.A.R. ( China), Iraq, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and the USA. His photography has been published by outlets and organizations including The Wall Street Journal, L’ Obs (Le Nouvel Observateur), Der Stern, The Guardian Weekly, The Times (UK), Nikkei Asian Review, VICE, Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy, and Remote Lands among others.
Photographer: Adryel Talamantes
Photos copyright Adryel Talamantes
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