Eight years in the making, Timor Runguranga is the first contemporary photography book coming out from the youngest nation in Asia. An epic photobook, taking you on an unforgettable journey through the wild, wild east of Timor-Leste. A country of unparalleled beauty, yet unrivalled contradictions, where old traditions collide with new modern worlds, and the sacred meets the profane.
David Palazón’s curious nature and unique sense of humour bring us close into the hearts and lives of the Timorese people, capturing the fleeting, incidental moments of those he met on his journey through this young nation. An uncut diamond at the edge of the world, the country’s surreal and sublime nature is explored through a striking collection of visual memories. An unconventional gem of a photobook, and a must-have for anyone interested in documentary studies, contemporary photography, visual anthropology and … Timor-Leste. Miss it at your peril!
The photobook features 60 carefully selected contributions by Timor-related leading authors, artists, and photographers, giving further depth to the outstanding visual exploration of this young nation. The contributors are: (in alphabetical order) Abe Barreto, Agio Pereira, Ahimsa-ka Satya, Alberto Fidalgo, Alessandro Boarccaech, Alfeo Pereira, Andrew Henderson, Bernardino Soares, Daniel Simião Schroeter, Danilo Afonso-Enriques, Elena Tognoli, Enrique Alonso, Ester Piera Ester Züecher, Gibrael Dias Carocho, Grinaldo Fernandes, Hector Hill, Iñigo Ballester, Isabel Boavida, Jake VDVF, Jean-Christophe Galipaud, Jen Shyu, Joanna Barrkman, John Martires, Josh Trindade, Karen Reidy, Kelly Silva, Kim Dunphy, Kirsty Sword Gusmão, Larissa Almeida, Leilana Quinger, Licinio Martins Lopes, Lucas Serrao Lopes†, Luke Monsour, Madalena Barreto, Manuel Casal Aguiar, Mara Bernardes de Sá, Marcelina Osolio, Margarida Bandeira de Lima, Maria Ceu Lopes Federer, Maria Madeira, Mariano Gonçalves, Masanori Nagaoka, Megumi Yamada, Mireia Clemente, Naldo Rei, Nelson Turquel, Nuno da Silva, Patrick Walsh, Philip Yampolsky, Rebecca Kinaston, Rick Shearman, Risza Lopes da Cruz, Rogerio Lopes, Rosalia Madeira Soares, Simão Barreto, Sofia Miranda, Sula Sendagire, Tony Fry and Victor de Sousa.
A brief history of the book:
October 2017 — Book launch at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. The event was accompanied with a photographic exhibition at the reknown Rio Helmi Gallery, kindly supported by the Spanish Embassy and Instituto Cervantes in Jakarta. David was also invited to participate as a panel speaker during the ‘Preserving Culture’ program discussion.
July 2017 — Selected by Martin Parr (Magnum photographer, photobook collector and curator), the book was acquired into the TATE photobook archive (UK).
July 2017 — Acquired into their library at Foto Colectania Foundation in Barcelona (Spain).
June 2017 — Reviewed by Ahi Lutan.
June 2017 — Exhibited at ‘Talking Culture’, part of the Auckland Festival of Photography (New Zealand).
January 2017 — Reviewed by Publishers Weekly.
January 2017 — Acquired into the The Library Project collection, run by the PhotoIreland Foundation, Dublin (Ireland).
December 2016 — Selected one of the best 2016 photobooks by UHCSEAS – The Center of South East Asia Studies from the University of Hawaii.
December 2016 — Exhibited at Feria de Libros de Fotos de Autor – Felifa, Buenos Aires (Argentina).
November 2016 (24th) — 2nd edition public book launch + exhibition at Timor Aid in Dili (Timor-Leste).
November 2016 — Invited at Design Katha, in Colombo part of the Sri Lanka Design Festival.
November 2016 — Exhibited at the Lisbon’s PhotoBook Fair (Portugal).
September 2016 — Exhibited at Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival in Braga (Portugal).
September 2016 — Acquired into several international collections, including The National Library of Australia, Victoria State Library, Charles Darwin University in Australia, and Fundação Oriente in Timor-Leste.
The photobook is available in 2 editions and through several acquisition methods :
A selection of some of the best photographs from the photobook are available for sale as open edition single prints (in different qualities and sizes) from the Timor Runguranga collection on Saatchi Art.
Group photo courtesy of © Claudio Savaget, Dili 2016.