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A 'Sideways' look at Bangkok's bizarre and beautiful streets

An innovative group of photographers and their mentor are staging an exhibition featuring images that capture the spontaneity and contrasts of the City of Angels

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Sideways is the name of a group of 11 photographers who spent a year gathering street life-inspired photos and are now showcasing their masterpieces in a new exhibition called "Street Inbox: Exhibition Photography By Sideways". The group drew inspiration from the Bangkok Street Photo workshop conducted by renowned photojournalist Vinai Dithajohn last year at the Thailand Creative and Design Centre at the Emporium. The exhibition opens on Friday and runs until April 30 at the Box Prop & Studio on Phichai Road. It features six photos from each of the 11 Sideways members as well as six photos by their mentor Vinai. 

A photo by Vinai Dithajohn of a man picking up an unidentified item in front of a line of riot police; a photo by Anuchid Lermsum of a young woman sitting over a sign prohibiting such an act.

Sideways' images display unique street photography, an informal genre that's become popular as a means of portraying a restless city yearning to be captured. Many find this candid photographic method to be an artistic form of escapism. It's a straightforward depiction of poignant situations, as if holding up a mirror to society. Often satirical and sophisticated, and with a wicked sense of humour, the photos on display are an honest reflection of the impressions of the man or woman behind the lens.

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