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. Timor Runguranga is part of the Martin Parr photobook collection at the TATE in the UK.

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:

April 2019 — Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Alibris and Ingram.

October 2018 — Exhibited at the National Design Centre, curated by The Book Show as part of the Singapore International Photography Festival.

June 2018 — On show at Photobook Weekend at Mecànic in Barcelona.

May 2018 — Unveil’d Photobook #1 at the Borough Road Gallery in London.

May 2018 — Presented at Photobooks of the World at the Istanbul Photobook Festival.

October 2017 — Presented at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, accompanied by a photographic exhibition at the renown Rio Helmi Gallery, and kindly supported by the Spanish Embassy in Jakarta. Read the reviews at Ubud Now & Then and El Periódico.

August 2017 — Exhibited at the State Art Library in Hyderabad, part of the Indian Photography Festival.

July 2017 — Acquired into the TATE’s Martin Parr photobook collection (UK), the most authoritative photobook collection in any museum.

July 2017 — Acquired by Foto Colectania Foundation in Barcelona (Spain).

July 2017 — Received a Gold mention on the Book / Monograph category at the PX3 Prix de la Fotographie in Paris.

June 2017 — Exhibited at the Benaki Museum’s photobook exhibition, part of the Athens Photo Festival and documenta 14.

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 — Photo no. 266 #primebanana donated as a single limited edition print to the Xanana Gusmão Reading Room.

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 — Acquired into their collection at SOAS University of London (UK) and Universidade da Coruña (Spain).

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.

September 2016 — Exhibited at Encontros da Imagem International Photography Festival in Braga (Portugal).

September 2016 — Acquired into several international library collections: Hamburg UniversityNational Library of SIngapore, Berkeley University, University of Washington, University of Colorado SpringsUniversity of British Columbia, Princetown UniversityCornell University and the Library of CongressThe National Library of Australia, Victoria State Library, State Library of Western AustraliaCharles Darwin University and La Trobe University in Australia; and Fundação Oriente in Timor-Leste. For a full list check WorldCat.org

How to buy the book:

  1. Online (€57-€69) from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Alibris. 1st edition (July 2016). ISBN 9781367559110. Hardback cover (21 x 26 cm)with 344 pages and 282 photographs.
  2. Limited Edition (€50) in Dili (Timor-Leste) from Timor Aid shop, Livros & Companhia in the Timor Plaza and Bidau Akadiruhu shops, PATEO and the Boneca de Atauro shop. Limited edition of 1000 copies printed offset and smyth sewn with hardback matt cover on high quality white matt 115gsm paper. If you are outside Timor-Leste and would like to obtain copies of this 2nd edition, please contact directly the publisher here.

A selection of the best photographs are available for sale on Saatchi Art. Follow Timor Runguranga in Facebook and Instagram.

Group photo courtesy of © Claudio Savaget, Dili 2016.















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