About the Book
Eight years in the making, Timor Runguranga is the first contemporary photography book coming out from the youngest nation in Asia. An epic photobook, taking you on an unforgettable journey through the wild, wild east of Timor-Leste. A country of unparalleled beauty, yet unrivalled contradictions, where old traditions collide with new modern worlds, and the sacred meets the profane.
David Palazón’s curious nature and unique sense of humour bring us close into the hearts and lives of the Timorese people, capturing the fleeting, incidental moments of those he met on his journey through this young nation. An uncut diamond at the edge of the world, the country’s surreal and sublime nature is explored through a striking collection of visual memories. An unconventional gem of a photobook, and a must-have for anyone interested in documentary studies, contemporary photography, visual anthropology and … Timor-Leste. Miss it at your peril!
The photobook was officially launched with an exhibition at Timor Aid in November 2016. It has been acquired into several international collections, to name a few: The National Library of Australia, Victoria State Library, Charles Darwin University, Fundação Oriente in Timor-Leste, The Library Project run by the PhotoIreland Foundation in Dublin (Ireland), SOAS University of London (UK) and Universidad da Coruña (Spain). It was invited at the Lisbon’s PhotoBook Fair in Portugal, at Design Katha in Colombo as part of the Sri Lanka Design Festival and Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor (Felifa) in Buenos Aires (Argentina). It became a finalist during the photobook market at Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival in Braga (Portugal) and selected as one of the best 2016 photobooks by The Center of South East Asia Studies from the University of Hawaii.
David Palazón (born 1972, Barcelona) is a Spanish multi-talented visual artist and documentarist working in the fields of design, film, photography, conceptual art and visual anthropology. David’s curious nature and unique sense of humour, are the two factors which determine the constant exploration of the human condition in his artworks. His most prominent recent work is the Timor Runguranga photobook, a compelling visual account created over a period of 8 years, in and about the young nation of Timor-Leste. For further information and artworks, please visit his website.