Stillborn babies in glass containers, horrifically disabled children, and teenage drug users aren’t the typical subject for a photographer. Jonathan Taylor, a photographer based in Bangkok has captured these issues with startling clarity. Many of his shots aren’t for the faint-hearted; they will take your breath away.
His series on Agent Orange is absolutely heartbreaking. These images raise awareness about important topics that need to be heard. These aren’t the type of photographs that one would say, “oh that’s nice”. These are raw, visceral, and possibly disturbing. Whatever your opinion may be on these topics, the images deserve to be seen.
From his bio:
Well known for his gritty, black-and-white images of cops, hit men, drug addicts and crime scenes, photographer Jonathan Taylor has traveled all over Asia to report on everything from Agent Orange victims in Vietnam to a special police unit in Bangkok that helps pregnant women, stuck in traffic, give birth. But versatility is the 41-year-old Englishman’s stock in trade. He also has a talent for shooting color portraits and even wildlife. On two occasions, his features have graced the cover of TIME Magazine. Many of his images have appeared in international publications like London’s Sunday Times Magazine, Marie Claire as well as the Guardian Magazine, Stern and the New York Times Magazine. A resident of Bangkok since the early ’90s, Taylor’s eye-opening work is extremely well regarded.
He also runs Photography School Asia, based in Bangkok. They offer courses, classes, and tours in Bangkok, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.