Lost is the title of Thai photographer Manit Sriwanichpoom’s exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.
This series emerged from an error during the artist’s attempt to scan and digitize glass negatives of photographs taken by Liang Ewe (1911 – 1992), said to be one of Thailand’s most celebrated photographers.
The resulting “errors” appear to partially cover or distort various parts of the subjects. This supposedly creates a certain sense that these people are “trapped in another dimension”.
Even if the images were scanned perfectly, the identities of the subjects will remain unknown as Liang never kept any information of his customers.
It is said that in Thailand, the documentation of the history of commoners is not encouraged, as their stories are deemed to be unworthy.
The galley's press release claims that “the series Lost confirms that what photography records becomes the past the instant the camera shutters close. We still know nothing about these people, [who are] lost in the digital twilight zone.”