TIFA 2021 People / Culture

These Places Don'T Exist.

  • Prize
    Gold in People/Culture
  • Photographer
    Janusz Daga
  • Technical Info
    Sony Rx1r
  • Photo Date

There is a secret place that lives only at night, until dawn. Many secret places, to be honest. In any city or town of Thailand. Places not marked on the maps and hardly visible, reachable through small dusty roads that lead into the void of the countryside or behind dark alleys as pitch. They are the secret brothels reserved for Thai people, where every night thousands of men and boys get drunk and meet young women in exchange for sex and attention. It's right ? It's wrong? In a modern society full of conflicts and pain, everything gets mixed up and confused. We are humans.

Jan Daga is an Italian documentary photographer and filmmaker. He has lived and worked in Asia for more than eight years, based in Bangkok. After a degree in communication/advertising and a master’s degree in digital communication, he worked in the world of advertising, photography and journalism in Milan. After moving to Asia, he followed the events and created projects related to the social, human rights and political spheres, following the major protests in Korea, the political clashes in Thailand and the problems of Hong Kong, among others.