About the Book
One goes to Thailand to experience something exotic, something spiritual, something human, something different. Bangkok is a community of 12 million people, many of them are Buddhist.
Sparked with ceremonies like the parade leading up to "The Draping of Golden Mount," "The King's Birthday Celebration" that was attended by thousands of yellow shirt supporters, "Loy Krathong" in which we float away our troubles into the river, the gatherings of Buddhist monks to honor past Abbots at Wat Suthat, the neon signs and people of the nightlife in "Soi Cowboy" and "Nana Plaza," including having lunch with Meow who runs 11 beer bars during a bar blessing, to attending the "Thai Cowboy Festival" with The Blue Mountain Boys featuring Jeab, or wandering through the various marketplaces.
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. .