Queen of Thailand Birthday Celebration 2010
by Randy Magnus
About the Book
All around town the maintenance crews were installing large paintings and photographs of Her Majesty Queen Regent Sirikit, the Queen of Thailand. The traffic in Bangkok is notoriously bad, so the best way to get to the event was to take hair-raising motorcycle taxi rides.
After arriving thanks to weaving in between cars, buses, and the crazy Bangkok traffic, I found myself next to the stage, photographing the dancers, performers, and singers which made up the entertainment for the evening's celebration, as they exited the stage. They were happy to pose for my camera.
The second day I found no dancers in traditional costumes, for it was to honor the people in uniform such as the police, nurses, civil workers, the navy, and others. A much different feeling than day one.
These are the portraits of those very culturally interesting two days of celebrations that took place in Bangkok, Thailand to honor the Queen of Thailand, the wife of King of Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, Somdet Phra Nang Chao Sirikit Phra Borommarachininat, on her day of birth.
In Thailand, Her Majesty's birthday is also when the country celebrates Mother's Day.
Randy Magnus - photographer
Randy Magnus grew up in the Central Valley farmlands of California, and saw the cultural diversity that came into the area as the population grew. He learned to celebrate what the different cultures had to offer in the arts, food, and lifestyles. With his cameras Randy would document the cultural celebrations, showing the pride in what sets each culture apart, perserving a part of their unique heritage to share with others. Randy Magnus has work in several museums, including MOMA in New York City, the Oakland Museum, and the Achenbach Print Collection at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. He has had one-man shows in San Francisco, New York, and Amsterdam. .