Friday, June 30, 2006

News + New York

Starting July 13th, I will be an intern photographer at BK Magazine. BK Magazine is a free weekly, in English, that is read by Thais for 80%. It is not distributed in the sky train or subway but only at select outlets such as high-end gyms, shops, or restaurants. The people who read it are rich, young and trendy--the sexiest target audience in town.

Let's get the bad news out of the way. I'm not getting paid at all.

I'll be working at BK Magazine 3 days out of the regular 5-day working week because they currently have another intern working 2 days a week. That's not a bad deal because it means I can continue to study Thai 3 days a week (about 15 hours). It might also mean I can hold on to my educational visa that runs till the end of this year.

There are no "non-intern" photographers in the magazine so the job is about illustrating the magazine with your pictures, not carrying coffees. They've already asked me for a photo essay and those usually get the cover. Distribution is 30,000 copies.

Incidentally, I actually read and like this magazine. It's a good magazine with useful info on what's going on, what's cool, what to see, etc. It doesn't have much text because Thais hate to read but less writing means better writing anyway. As far as looks go, right now it relies mainly on creative and tasteful graphic design but the photography is rather so-so.

This company is also exciting because it's part of Asia City publishing which makes similar mags in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Singapore. They also have a branch called Splash that provides content (editorial and graphic) to corporates. For example, they put together an issue of Thai Airways' in-flight magazine. In-flight magazines are great stuff. Lots of people read them and they're glossy; which is great for pictures. Lastly, the group owns the first gay magazine in HK which is kind of shocking but something I'll just have to deal with (free copies! yeah!).

I'll keep you posted on how all this goes. Meanwhile, Asia City Publishing is right here if you want to know more.

Trying to get the internship kicked my ass into gear to scan my New York pics (shot during the two first weeks of June) and update the portfolio website. For a selection of my favorite pics of Bangkok, New York and Laos, go here.

The pictures below are the ones from New York that almost made the cut but didn't. The B-list if you like.



Blogger schuey said...

I know bkk isn't the right place to do this but we are goinna celebrate ur ass in a few days !!!!


gay magazine, that's sort of shocking dude. Sometimes people could thing you are gay so stay away from these people.

6:26 PM  
Anonymous Joëlle said...

Je crois que les félicitations sont de rigueur pour le nouveau job ;-)

Tes photos de NYC sont vraiment sublime.

D'une façon générale, j'aime beaucoup ton travail sur les couleurs, ça donne un peu plus d'âme à ce que tu vois.


6:43 PM  
Anonymous Mathieu said...



7:27 PM  
Anonymous Nina said...

Love your New York pictures..good luck for the internship.

8:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

J'aime bien le fire hydrant et les roses, c'est très joli.

Congrats on the job, may your shots spread to other mags. Prends des belles photos pour Schuey qui lit beaucoup Thai Airways magazine.


1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Let's get the bad news out of the way. I'm not getting paid at all."

Hey - at least you're published! Enjoyed the pics as always.


rat plat

1:03 AM  
Blogger Ana-chan said...

Central Park pics are fantastic. And trust no asian paper/magazine likes to pay... not even in Singapore

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loved ur writing before, love ur pics now. Good luck ;- )

4:59 PM  
Anonymous anne k said...

oops... should have been signed anne k above.

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Joëlle said...

J'avais vu celles du Portfolio avant celles-ci mais il n'est pas possible d'y laisser de commentaires ;-)

10:34 PM  
Blogger Antoine Glachant said...

salut cousin, elles sont superbes ces photots !! quel oeil !

5:00 PM  

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