French photographer of Asian descent, Tiane Doan na Champassak (1973), was fist recognized for his documentary work (Agence Vu) before investing in a more artistic approach. More recently, he started to explore the potential of found footage and vernacular photography, mostly resulting in self-published artist’s books, such as The King of Photography, Looters, The Father of Pop Dance, Tantra and Credo, almost all of which are sold out.
Tiane Doan na Champassak is one of the founding members of AMprojects, a new photo collective launched last year at Unseen Amsterdam by East Wing.
Besides being a photographer, Tiane doan na Champassak is also a film maker. His short film Natpwe, the Feast of the Spirits has been shown worldwide at documentary festivals and has received several prestigious awards.
It was Winner of the 2012 Scribe Prize for Cinema and Best Short Documentary CIDFF 2013, and part of the official selection for TIFF 2013, NYFF 2013, Festcurtas Belo Horizonte 2013 and DOCLISBOA 2013.
It is nominated for a New Vision Award by the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX, and will be screened at the renowned IDFA in Amsterdam this month.
Looters was selected by Martin Parr as one of the best photobooks of 2011. "The ever cunning Champassak comes up with a real gem with his third book. By searching the pages on the net and showing photos of looters from the UK riots in the summer, he blows up the blurred faces and gives detailed internet references."
Looters – Tiane Doan na Champassak - Reviewed on Propaganda Photos, 18.03.2012
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