New IDENTITY is the first extensive documentation of Thai transsexuals which employs sociological, ethnographical, and psychological approaches. The project aims at understanding each individual who has gone through the process of becoming a woman.
There are approximately 100,000 transsexuals in Thailand. Transsexuals are integrated into the urban and rural scene and are not singled out for abusive treatment in the course of their daily lives. In recent years gay youths in Thailand, some as young as 12, have taken the extreme measure to identify themselves as women by having their testicles removed and taking female hormones in preparation for an operation to become female. The situation has generated much criticism and debate regarding legal issues and society’s responsibility toward these young men. The number of transsexuals and their identity crisis is increasing, raising questions about culture, the media, and the general perception of transsexuals in Thailand, and around the world.
New IDENTITY seeks to understand Thailand’s transsexuals from a fresh perspective, presenting transsexuals as psychologically complex human-beings and to allow them to reveal the reality of their self-identification.
Ohm Phanphiroj is an award-winning international photographer from Thailand. He splits his time between NY, Atlanta, and Bangkok. A former fashion editor of Esquire Magazine (Asia section), Ohm has published fourteen books to date, three of which are solo. Ohm is a recipient of many prestigious awards, including Sony World Photography Award, Lightwork, Newspace Center for Photography, Critical Mass, among others. Ohm exhibits widely in Asia, America, and Europe. Currently Ohm is a professor in photography at Edna Manley School for Visual and Performing Arts and an adjunct professor at University of Memphis. For more information, please visit www.ohmphotography.com Email: firstname.lastname@example.org