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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.


About the Author

ohm phanphiroj
ohmxo Atlanta, USA

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 nine books to date, three of which are solo.

Ohm is a recipient of many prestigious awards, most recently at the Sony World Photography Award 2009 in Cannes from his Transssexual series.

Ohm exhibits widely in Asia, America, and Europe.

Currently Ohm is a professor in photography at Assumption university, Thailand.

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Publish Date  March 28, 2009

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  34 pgs   Standard Paper

Category  Arts & Photography

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burtonkorea says

This book is amazing. The layout of the shots are so simple yet effective and it is fascinating to look through pages of intriguing shapes and sizes of the transexual form. I noticed that the pages are entitled 'Identity Crisis' but I don't see the desire for men to be women as a crisis.

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