A collective of journalists based in Asia
  • Date:
    17th of November, 2016
  • Country:
    Thailand
  • Photos:
    Nicolas Axelrod

His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej ruled Thailand for 70 years before he passed away on Oct 13th 2016. As one of the longest-reigning monarchs in history, the revered King saw Thailand through rising prosperity and frequent political turmoil. The King was seen as the father to the nation and a guiding light in Thai society and his death plunged the country into mourning. During the first month, public television stations and websites turned to black and white, TV billboards showed images of the King, and most of the public have been dressing in black.

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This photographic work shows the changes that have happened throughout Bangkok in the past month. I chose to not show the public ceremonies around the Grand Palace, preferring to concentrate on what the death means for people in their everyday lives. Mannequins in shops are dressed in black, images of the King have been changed, and mourning areas were set up in public spaces and malls. Acts of generosity throughout the capital have become ever more apparent as food and water were offered free to mourners and the homeless alike.

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As the first month of mourning came to an end earlier this week, the public transport systems started showing advertisements again on their internal TV system, though the passengers are yet to return to their usual attire. Slowly, however, life is returning to routine. What that routine will look like, however, in a country without the widely adored King remains to be seen.

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