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Lotus

Max Pinckers, in collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn, documents the lives of transsexuals in Thailand while examining the role of contemporary documentary photography

Max Pinckers

Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos
Max Pinckers | Lotus In collaboration with Quinten De Bruyn. Thailand. 2011. © Max Pinckers | Magnum Photos

In the series Lotus, Max Pinckers and Quinten De Bruyn document the world of transsexuals in Thailand. The gender crisis that the so-called ladyboys face is transformed into a visual metaphor about the identity crisis that contemporary documentary photography currently encounters, when it dares to reflect upon itself critically, and confront its paradoxes. The documentary photographer that captures reality as ‘a fly on the wall’ can’t deny his or her directive and manipulative role any longer. The anonymity, the seeming absence, is merely a pose. The tableaux that the photographer captures are not lies, but enfold themselves within the studio that he or she creates from reality.

In June 2016, Lotus was published as a book by Lyre Press, with graphic design by Manuel Zenner and text by Hans Theys.