Far from showing the heavenly views of the country, Duran Levinson’s ‘Streets of Bangkok’ focuses on the people of Thailand’s capital, showing diverse characters from the less popular corners of the city.
Coming from Cape Town, South Africa, Duran Levinson shares his time between his native country and Hong Kong. Having recently spent two months in Asia, the photographer had a chance to discover new countries and burn dozens of film rolls. “Streets of Bangkok on film” encompasses the month Levinson spent in Bangkok, Thailand, where he worked on various film projects, ranging from fashion shoots to documentary missions. In his spare time, the 28-year-old artist explores all the places usually skipped by tourists, getting to the core of authentic life and local people. The photos show characters photographer encountered during his strolls, including gang members from the Khlong Toei ghetto or visitors of the “Soi Cowboy”, a famous red-light district in Bangkok. “There are also a few street photos from my missions with fellow film photographers, exploring the back alleys and nooks-and-crannies that Bangkok seems to be jammed with,” says Levinson. Shot on film with Pentax ME-Super and a Contax T2 on various film stocks, the series proofs Levinson’s talent to convey the haunting atmosphere of Bangkok’s unpopular areas along with its wide spectrum of fascinating characters.