Philip Cornwel-Smith



Philip Cornwel-Smith is a British writer, photographer and curator. He has lived for half his life in Thailand, which is the main subject of his books and journalism for Nikkei, Guardian, Economist and other publications. A writer for Time Out and other guidebooks, he became founding editor of Bangkok’s first city magazine (1994-2002). His pioneering book on Thai popular culture, Very Thai, has been an iconic influence in Thai arts, design, media, with several Asian artists exhibiting the book as an artefact. His recent follow-up, Very Bangkok, re-interprets the city through the senses, subcultures and multiple perspectives. He has curated exhibitions on Thai popular culture, notably ‘Invisible Things’ for Goethe Institute at TCDC Bangkok and TCDC Chiang Mai, and the Bangkok Pavilion at the 2021 Countless Cities biennale in Sicily. He often gives public talks and has been interviewed in several documentaries





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