Jittrapon Kaicome is an independent photojournalist based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. His projects focus on countries in the Mekong region of Southeast Asia.
His works highlight current affairs, environmental crises related to climate change, sex workers’ rights, animal welfare, and the struggles of marginalized communities including ethnic groups and displaced persons along the Myanmar-Thailand border. Jittrapon has worked with clients and his works have been published inLe Monde, Liberation, Al Jazeera, Agence France Presse (AFP), Agencia EFE, The Diplomat, The Irrawaddy, Bangkok Post, National Geographic Thailand,among others.
2020 - “Southeast Asia Hostile Environment Training bySoutheast Asia Rainforest Journalism Fund
2019 - A photojournalism survival kit workshop with Ron Haviv by VIIAcademy.
2022 - Participate with artists reflecting on the stories of four rivers: Irrawaddy/Dulong, Salween/Nu, Mekong/Lancang, and Red/Yuan. Guangdong Times Museum in Guangzhou, China.
2020 - Salween Peace Park, a group exhibition at Yangon Photo Festival
2019 - Sex Work is Our Work, a solo exhibition highlighting the correct protective measures for sex workers in Thailand, in collaboration with theEmpower Foundation and SEA Junction at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC)
About my photography After I completed my BA, I have been using my photojournalism to speak for my native Northern Thai people.
In 2014, I start telling stories from my hometown, Chiang Mai during the annual air pollution crisis in Northern Thailand. The story entitled " Delve Into A Smoke Crisis In Northern Thailand " was published by National Geographic Thailand in 2015.
By combining photographic vision with research, journalistic skill, and background, I'm able to create unique ways to tell stories. Highlighting the importance of underreported issues that impact our lives has grown to be my main focus.
Zooming in on transboundary matters in the Mekong region will show how people's lives and activities are connected to the rest of the world.
On my part, I have my ultimate goal to bring out a deep understanding of the human interest story. From the western border down to the eastern part - the SE- Asia's last free-flowing river of the Salween to the cascade of dams in the Mekong River.
These truly are the stories of my time.
At each step of the way, these projects have become more and more a part of me.
It is a never-ending journey, making my life more meaningful to others,
inspiring me to tell stories and discover new places.