Eagle hunters and reindeer herders from the most remote land arrive at the gallery in Bangkok
The lens of a 38-year-old Thai photographer chronicles his adventures from the Altai Mountains to the far reaches of Mongolia, where he encountered nomadic reindeer herders and eagle hunters.
people and their world is an upcoming exhibition of works by Jatenipat Ketpradit, aka JK Boy, who traveled for seven years to distant lands to capture the lives of tribal people.
Deep in the Altai Mountains, where the borders of Kazakhstan and Mongolia meet, JK Boy met the Burgedchin, a group of hunters who have passed down the use of golden eagles to hunt prey for over 250 years. Under the snowfall on the Mongolian-Russian border, he encountered the Tsaatan, one of the last groups of nomadic reindeer herders who maintained the tradition for thousands of years.
Other photos will tell stories of JK Boy’s trip to the remote island of Siberut in Indonesia, where he met the Mentawai people. They are among the oldest tribes in Indonesia to specialize in decorative tattoos with a belief in animism. In this they can connect with nature spirits through shamans. Animal skulls were used in rituals and hung in their homes to protect the inhabitants from evil spirits.
JK Boy’s photographs won the Photographer of the Year award as well as a Bronze Award for Architecture at online photo site One Eyeland Awards 2021. The series also won second place last year for The Family Sitting in the UK’s International Portrait Photographer of the Year.
people and their world opens at 5 p.m. on Friday and runs through June 30 at RCB Photographers’ Gallery 1 and 2 on the second floor of River City Bangkok. Free entry. The place is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.