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Spotlight: Tango In the Big Mango Photobook

Spotlight brings you great photobooks and projects to consider. Here is a photobook about Bangkok


„I tend to see this group of works as ‘documentary’ in a unique sense of the word. We tend to think of ‚documentary’ as something like a ‚capture‘ that is highly instructive and explanatory, but I see Nitsch’s use of the ‘documentary’ as something far more Baudelaire-like, a split second in time that lends our eye something prior to narrative meaning and description/definition.“ – GREGORY GALLIGAN, Director Thai Art Archives

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„A distinctive and raw portrait of contemporary Bangkok and its inhabitants that remains as complicated as inscrutable. Like Tango, Bangkok has influences from many countries. This photographic documentary concept explores the question of identity, and the boundaries between growth and angst – a finite attempt at conceiving of the inconceivability, that is life.“ — RETO F. BRUNNER, Curator photoMÜNCHEN

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The photo book ‘Tango in the Big Mango’ shows Bangkok as a city in which the coexistence of different cultures and people from different countries, despite their peculiarities, have found a way to live together. 

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The photo book is a mixture of documentary/street and conceptual images. Therefore the book is split into four parts: The main part is documentary/street photography, the other three minor parts are concept based around the themes GREED, GROWTH and ANGST. Together they form the documentary concept ‘Tango in the Big Mango’, that captures the intensity of urban life and barrage of consumption, culture and eccentricity in Bangkok.

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For over 2 years, I worked on my own dime for this project. Now, additional funds are needed to complete printing the photo book and to exhibit.

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I would like to produce the very best book possible: a book without compromise and one whose quality will do justice to the many years of work which went into its making.

If you are interested in the book and the story of it, this campaign would be a perfect opportunity to support the project by posting the Kickstarter project.

With your help, the legacy for ‘Tango in the Big Mango’ will be the stunning, collectable photo book that I’m hoping to produce. Your support will make this book possible!  

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Peter Nitsch – German born and Bangkok based photographer

Peter Nitsch’s background is located back in the late eighties of the German Skater scene. He studied communication design in Munich, to later graduate as designer from the University of Munich, department of design (specializing in motion design). As on air designer he worked for clients such as Universal Studios, ProSieben, 13th Street, SciFi Channel and United Nations. After that period of time, he returned to concentrate to work on corporate design and photograp

Nitsch has won several international awards both as designer (New York Festival, BDA…) and photographer (Los Angeles International Photography Award, Hasselblad Masters semifinalist…). He is co-founder of the ‘Playboard Magazine‘, ‘RUPA‘ and the former culture blog ‘get addicted to…‘.

In 2020 Nitsch became a life time member of The Royal Photographic Society of Thailand.

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7 thoughts on “Spotlight: Tango In the Big Mango Photobook”

  1. The book preview looks very promising, and the price on Kickstarter is really good for a self-published photo book. I just hope we’ll be able to keep photo books alive in all this digital noise.

  2. What a lovely idea! I hope you can publish it soon. With everything that’s happening right now, all we can do is preserve our memories and forge our connections.

  3. Intrigued by the idea of linking street/documentary work with conceptual work.
    Also, surprised by the number of vertical images in the book. When I think street, I think horizontal.
    Great to see someone pushing the boundaries.

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