Monday, June 28, 2010

The Opening

The opening of 'Life is Beautiful in Samphrang' ended blissfully. All the thanks go to the Phrang Phutorn community who welcomed all of us with warmth and of course delicious food :)

The exhibition will be on view until the first of August 2010. Come and see it for yourself :)

P.S. And don't forget that we open only on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010


On a hot sunday, with the help of almost 30 students, the installation of 'Life is Beautiful in Samphrang' was done.

With almost 200 pieces of artwork, our small space looked even smaller. But it took us back in time and provided real nostalgic pleasure.

PS would like to invite you all to join us on the opening this coming Sunday of 27 June 2010 from 5 pm onwards when Assoc. Prof. Pratumporn Vajarasathien will take us back to the good old days of Samphrang.

For more information, please call 082-7855594 or email

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Life is Beautiful in Samphrang

SAMPHRANG has remained one of the most well-preserved qaurters of Bangkok where ordinary ways of life, not pretentious ones created solely for tourist purposes, can still be found. The first groups of inhabitants occupied the area since the early Rattanakosin era and the place became the most flourishing trade quarter during the reigns of King Rama V and VI.

After the Siamese Revolution of 1932, many governmental units were situated around the area resulting in variety of great restaurants to serve government officials. Nevertheless, when many of those units were moved away elsewhere, the place lost its liveliness and revenue.

It is true that many things have changed since then but many people chose to stay and adjust themselves as best as they could to survive in the new condition - though with less vibrancy but full of simplicity and sustainability.

Thus, Samphrang is still regarded today as a great food district with the mixture of both old and new traits. So, life in Samphrang surpasses the change and continues to impress people with its sincere and simple charm.

Still, to really understand this historic qauarter, one needs to pay great attention to small details which would be easily overlooked if he/she just passes by and not sees through.

To record some aspects of those details, architectural students of King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang were assigned to observe the ongoing yet persisting life in Samphrang. They were warmly welcomed and captured by the community's charm which were portrayed through a great number of works in forms of architectural delineation, fotomo and fototrace.

We are with hopes that through various aspects of perception of these young artists, our viewers will see through that Life is Beautiful in Samphrang.


Architectural Delineation

Architectural delineation is a technique to indicate or represent with accuracy or in detail by drawn or painted lines. This skill is a basis in practicing eyes, brain and hands to see how they work together. By doing this, the students are urged to experience life as well as architectural details at first hand. Along the process of seeing and selecting things they want to study, they will learn about the great thing called 'inspiration' as well.



Fotomo is a kind of model in three dimensions originated by the Japanese photographer Kimio Itozaki. The artist makes use of photographs by cuting them in pieces and recomposs them in three dimensions.

This technique is in a way a solution to portray reality more correctly. Photography, despite its realistic trait, can express reality only in two dimensions, while general models, despite their three-dimentional quality, lack for details as seen in photograps. Thus, by combining the two together, foto and model, the real world comes closer as if the viewer is really there.



Fototrace is a way to trace a photo. By tracing the chosen photo line by line, the tracer will be forced to face with the subject of his/her own choice in slow motion which will enable the person to see more deeply of what he/she might spend just a second recording in photo.

Its main aim is to make students see, think and express sincerely and also demands them, as future architects, to pay attention not only to architectural details but also to life.

Fototrace is thus an effort to 'rejuvenate' or 'broaden' the eyes of the students with the belief that when they see and feel life, they will design a place that serve that life not just a lifeless construction.

It is a duty of an architect or any artists to see and feel what is out there. Especially for architects whose creations have great responsibility both to the people and their surrounding, they need to open their eyes and to be sensitive to life - value it, cherish it, ortherwise, their work is a kind of violation and not different from a crime whether they realise it or not.


Life is Beautiful in Samphrang

On view: 27 June - 1 August 2010

The Opening Party: Sunday 27 June 2010 (from 5 pm onwards)

Open Hours: Only on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm

For more information, please call 082-7855594

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Paris l'Endroit et l'Envers : Paris Verse / Reversed

People Space invites you to Paris l'Endroit et l'Envers : Paris Verse / Reversed, the new exhibition of Supachai Ketkaroonkul.

The exhibition will start from 18/10/2010 to 25/04/2010 at the Alliance Francaise, Sathorn Road.

The reception will be held at 6 pm on 18/03/2010.

PS wished you would enjoy the show :)

Monday, July 20, 2009

Narrative Tableaux

The Colonel's Nightly Visit to Ponil Park

People Space would like to invite you all to “Narrative Tableaux”, a new exhibition by the American photographer Dan Overturf.

These narrative tableaux images included in this exhibit represent a small collection from a series that he started in the early 1990’s. Recently he has returned to the body of work and made new images in anticipation of exhibiting the work for the first time as an isolated series.

Since 1998 the artist has been actively making documentary images and completing a number of long-term projects. The narrative imagery had been set aside since but the work and the spirit in the images still hold a large measure of vitality for him. In his way of thinking, the definitions between the found (documentary) and the fabricated (narrative) have always felt very flexible and the two remain related. Both genres are rooted in the aspect of photography and life that fascinates him most: story.

Father's Day in Uncle Swilling's Workshop

His photographic narrative tableaux have always been built on a synthesis of literary, visual and anecdotal sources. They were, in effect, investigations that allude to, and/or toy with traditional storytelling formats. He has been working in this area since 1979. With the later work included here he had the opportunity to expand both the physical and thematic boundaries of the work.

The work stems from an eclectic range of possible beginnings. These range from an obscure text entitled, Narratives of Remarkable Criminal Trials by Anslem Ritter von Feuerbach (1846), to an observation made by a neighbor who works the late shift at a local hospital. Fully intentional art history references abound as well. Many of the gestures found in paintings from the Renaissance period have inspired segments of the images.

Jodie Santana and the Carlyle Wax Droplets
These sources initiate rather crude drawings or sketches that lead to overall themes or just small portions of the eventual images. The images created on elaborate sets, which often take months to complete, were built for the sole purpose of making a single photograph. The images were executed on set, in the camera, with no post-production manipulation or additions of imagery. The artist chooses to work this way since he finds the visceral quality of creating or altering an existing environment for the sole purpose of making a photograph most rewarding. The pleasure is in the complexity of the pre-production, set design and construction, lighting design, prop creation/selection, and directing the participants when all is ready for the final version.

Lonnie Swept the Playroom and Swallowed Up All that He Found

All images were made on either black and white or color film with a variety of cameras including Hasselblad, Linhof 6x17 and A Roundshot 220.

Saturday 15th August 2009 (3 pm)
- Artist’s Talk: Documentary Photography (Examined through the documentary project A River through Illinois)
Sunday 16th August 2009 (3 pm)
- Artist’s Talk: Behind the Scenes of Narrative Tableaux


Narrative Tableaux
On view between 9 August – 5 September 2009
Opening Party: Sunday 9 August 2009 from 4.30 pm onward

Venue: People Space Gallery
Adress: 116 Phrangphuton Rd. , Phranakorn, Bangkok 10200 THAILAND
Opening Hours: Only on Saturday and Sunday (11 am – 7 pm)
Telephone: 082-785-5594

Monday, May 25, 2009

Bridge by Rong Wongsawan

The rain keeps falling down through the month of May but that hasn't stopped people from coming to our small space to view the photo exhibition 'In the Shadow of Time of Rong Wongsawan' and participate in our activities. The big amount of the audience made it seem like there was a mob at our gallery. The air-conditioner downstair too breathed like it was the last span of her life. Only those who were lucky enough to get a space upstair could enjoy the cooler breeze.

This very welcoming response made People Space, openbooks and friends decide to expand the period of the exhibition until the end of June. In addition to the photographs on Rong Wongsawan by Tawatchai Pattanaporn, you will see 'Bridge' - a new set of photographs by Rong Wongsawan that you've never seen before.

Moreover, there are interesting events through all the month.

Sunday 14 June 2009 (6 pm)
Songkrod Bangyeekhan, the editor of A Day Magazine will talk with the sport columnist from Star Soccer, Bor Bu, in the subject 'Our Generation in the Shadow of Time of Rong Wongsawan'

Saturday 20 June 2009 (6 pm)
The best-seller Round Finger will question Sarinee Achavanuntakul and Pokpong Junvith in the subject 'Reading, Writing and Learning from Books'

Sunday 21 June 2009 (5 pm)
The famous film critic Nara will talk with the well-known photographer Manit Srivanichapoom in the subject 'Reading Rong Wongsawan through Photographs'

Sunday 21 June 2009 (7 pm)
Book Launch: Postmodern Man -- Chaiyan Chaiyaporn and Thanet Wongyannawa will talk about 'Human, Time and Meaning - From Ancient Civilization to Postmodern World'

Sunday 28 June 2009 (2 pm)
'Death and the Meaning of Life' by Phra Pisan Wisalo

For more information call 080 550 1295 or 081 985 9691


Thursday, May 21, 2009

Saturday, April 25, 2009

In the Shadow of Time of Rong Wongsawan

Until today, Rong Wongsawan has passed away for almost a month. He left before the incredible chaos erupted in Bangkok , starting from the Royal Thai Government House and expanding around the metropolis, especially in the inner of Rattanakosin Island . As People Space is situated in Phrang Phuton, the location surrounded by violence at the time, we then feared whether the exhibition for Khun Rong could be held as planned.

When peace has been secured, even though temporarily, we are happy to tell you all that through this May, People Space, a more-than-100-year old shop house, will be transformed, with help from our friends, to be an exhibit space for photographs taken by Rong Wongsawan, which will be called ‘In the Shadow of Time of Rong Wongsawan’.

Apart from images of an important figure as M.R. Kukrit Pramoj, there are photographs of the old Bangkok which are rarely seen. Although many years have passed, those pictures are still vivid and astonishing until today.

Added with Khun Rong’s portraits taken by Tawatchai Pattanaporn, a young-blood photographer whose work in the book called Teekerdhead has been much praised, the exhibition is complete.

All the work in this exhibition is large-size black-and-white photographs printed by hand in the old-fashioned way that retains all details usually overlooked by the new digital technology.

'In the Shadow of Time of Rong Wongsawan’ will be opened on Friday 1 May 2009 from 6 pm onward, where you will meet various thinkers, writers, critics and editors talking on the topic In Memory of Rong Wongsawan.


Other Activities:

+ Sunday 3 May 2009 (6 pm)
- The SEA.Write writer Binlah Sonkalagiri will talk on the topic From Binlah to the Great Eagle
- Tawatchai Pattanaporn on the subject Last Light at Tune-In garden

+ Sunday 10 May 2009 (6 pm)
- Pramual Pengchan on the topic Thinking of Rong Wongsawan, Thinking of the Heaven of Life

+ Sunday 17 May 2009 (6 pm)
- Talk with Open’s ex-editors: Prabda Yoon, Worapoj Panpong and Pinyo Trisuriyatamma
- Books Launch: Last Conversation (Interview with Rong Wongsawan) by Worapoj Panpong (Typhoon Books) and Yeewha China Town, a long story never been published before by Rong Wongsawan (openbooks)

+ Sunday 24 May 2009 (6 pm)
- Tomorn Sukpreecha and GM Books team with the Book Launch of Rong Wongsawan’s Fangpuang A-Ngoon.


In the Shadow of Time of Rong Wongsawan

On View from 1 May to 7 June 2009
Opening Party: Friday 1 May 2009 (6 pm onward)

Venue: People Space
(Open only on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 am to 7 pm)

For more information, please call 081 5491002

Monday, March 30, 2009

From Portraits on the Wall to Leaves and Flowers on the Street

I Just want to share some experience I've gained through photography.

I believe that through the portraits of those great people, we can recall good faith.

And through pictures of leaves and trees I always took along the way, we would realise that either near or far, each journay makes us perceive beauty ... only if we stop and pay attention to the surrounding.

Tatree Sangmee-Anuphab

Tatree Sangmee-Arnupharb graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communication, CHiamg Mai University. He started his career as a freelance photographer in Chiang Mai. At the end of 2005, he joined the staff of Open Magazine. After Open, he worked for various magazines such as a day weekl, Ta-Jia-Hao and Kor Kon.

During that period, Tatree earned much experience which was portrayed through many photographs he took both for publiscation and for personal satisfaction.

Most of his work are portraits of persons who he tries best to capture their personality truthfully.

While in his relaxed time, the same camera also captures the personality of surrouded nature with honesty.

Thus beyond sheets of photographic paper and frames, From Portraits on the Wall to Leaves and Flowers on the Street represents what Tatree sees and feels deep from his heart.


From Portraits on the Wall to Leaves and Flowers on the Street
A Photography Exhibition by Tatree Sangmee-Arnuphab

On view from 1 March to 5 April 2009
At People Space Gallery
Phrang Phuthon, Phranakorn, Bangkok

The gallery opens only on Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.


Opening Party: Sunday 1 March 2009 (From 6 pm onwards)

For more information please call 081-5491002