Hua Lamphong: 2 photographers, same railway station, 30 years apart

Images taken by Manit Sriwanichpoom and Rammy Narula set to show at their ‘Hua Lamphong’ photo exhibition. Manit’s are black and white while Narula’s are in color. 
Images taken by Manit Sriwanichpoom and Rammy Narula set to show at their ‘Hua Lamphong’ photo exhibition. Manit’s are black and white while Narula’s are in color. 

Two photographers captured moments at the country’s oldest railway station in different time periods — 30 years apart — and will show their works together there next month.

Simply titled Hua Lamphong, the exhibition will feature photographs by Manit Sriwanichpoom and Rammy Narula, who, by coincidence, began their serious street photography decades apart at the heavily crowded Hua Lamphong, officially known as the Bangkok Railway Station. 

Historic Hua Lamphong to become museum 

In 1985, Manit spent countless hours roaming Hua Lamphong with his camera to record people in black and white — from monks and gamblers and junkies to homeless people. Three decades later, Rammy planted himself on its platform No. 10 to shoot his characters with train carriages as the backdrop. 

Courtesy Rammy Narula
Courtesy Rammy Narula

The photo exhibition will run Nov. 16 to Dec. 28 at Kathmandu Photo Gallery. The opening party starts at 6:30pm on Nov. 16.  

Manit is a long-established filmmaker and photographer whose notable works include his Pink Man series, a satirical critique of  Thai consumerism. Rammy is a rising street photographer who previously displayed his Platform 10 snaps in 2017. 

Hua Lamphong will retire from service and be turned into a museum when the upcoming Bang Sue Grand Station replaces it as the country’s new rail and transportation hub as soon as two years from now.

Courtesy Manit Sriwanichpoom
Courtesy Manit Sriwanichpoom

FIND IT:

Hua Lamphong photo exhibition
Nov. 16 – Dec. 28
Kathmandu Photo Gallery
87 Pan Road, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok

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