9 Days in the Kingdom
- 350–400 photographs taken by some of the world’s most famous photographers, including Steve McCurry, Michael Yamashita and James Nachtwey.
- Aerial photography by Yann Arthus-Bertrand, renowned for his world-wide bestseller, Earth From Above.
- Complete coverage of all aspects of Thai society, culture, arts, current events, landscapes and more. insightful captions and introductory text.
In December 2007, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, will celebrate his 80th birthday. This event, significant both for His Majesty and for the people of Thailand, will be marked by the publication of Thailand: 9 Days in the Kingdom.
This stunning, pictorial volume will showcase the work of 55 international and Thai photographers, who met in the kingdom in January 2007 for a week of photography all over the country.
A unique set of talents was assembled, including photojournalists, high-tech photographers, wild life and undersea photographers, aerial photographers, landscape photographers, portraitists and specialists in a variety of techniques and styles. Each photographer was given a carefully selected assignment to match his/her talents and the editorial needs of the book. They captured every aspect of Thai life, commerce, industrial development and culture at this moment in its history, to create a unique photographic record of the nation.
By the time the shoot was finished, they had delivered to the publisher over 80,000 digital images; and several thousand photos taken on film had been sent for processing.
Thailand: 9 Days in the Kingdom will showcase the best of these endeavours.
French-born Bruno Barbey has been a photographer for more than 50 years and is recognised for his free and harmonious use of colour. During the 1960s, he was commissioned by Éditions Rencontre in Lausanne to report from European and African countries and he also contributed to Vogue. Over five decades, he regularly journeyed across five continents to photograph civil wars in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait. His work has appeared in major magazines worldwide.
Barbey began his relationship with Magnum Photos in 1964 and became a full member in 1968, the year he documented the political unrest and student riots in Paris. Between 1979 and 1981, he photographed Poland at a turning point in its history which is captured in his widely acclaimed book Poland.
Barbey has received many awards for his work, including the French National Order of Merit. His photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous museum collections. He has also published over 25 books.