Faces of Happy Citizen


Many ‘issues’ here cannot be talked publicly. But most people have been knowing about those shameful things for a while even though rulers would try to conceal them from every channels including internet. Recently, it’s significantly more sensitive because of ‘some situation’ changed. So I would like to depict those feelings through this work. Everyone seems like want to know, to shout, or even to help; but sadly they deny and blur us like these censored faces in the television. It’s not censoring just their citizen, but they’re censoring themselves from fear; fear to know that things they’ve been trying to conceal that’s not suitable for their citizen or even rulers.

Bangkok, Thailand 2017

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Akkara Naktamna was born in Bangkok in 1979 and started shooting as a self-taught photographer in 2008 influenced by Elliott Erwitt’s book and a comedy movie named “Pecker”. His works have been shown widely both in Thailand and abroad such as IPA Street Photography Asia Award 2013 (Singapore), Miami Street Photography Festival 2013 (USA), Xishuangbana Photo Festival 2014 (China), Photo Bangkok Festival 2015, Singapore Photo Festival 2016, etc. In 2016 Akkara has made a zine named “SIGNS”, shortly afterwards it was collected at MoMA Library Collection as a shortlist of the Anamorphosis Prize 2016. He founded GoodArtBook.com, a website for promoting Thai self-published art book and co-founded Street Photo Thailand collective. Currently Akkara works as a software engineer, has one adorable daughter, and spends his free time for photography.