Asia Color Association Conference 2018 by Thomas Groves

On, December 5-7, 2018, I attended the 4th Asia Color Association Conference 2018 hosted by the Faculty of Mass Communication Technology Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi, RMUTT, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. With more than 150 colour specialists from all over Asia participating under the theme “Inspiration in Color”; I was excited to be selected to present his paper titled “Visual Ethnography: Photography and Color”.

Photography Books for some Inspiration by Thomas Groves

Time for some inspiration! I am always looking for some great books to read and be inspired. There are so many amazing photography books out there and it can be overwhelming to start! Here are just a few I can recommend to read.

Contemporary photography in Asia; A few of them : contemporary photography; Noovo 4; A history of photography from 1839 to the present; Annie Leibovitz at work; Slightly out of focus: Robert Capa; Testament: Chris Hondros; That tree : an iPhone photo journal documenting a year in the life of a lonely bur oak; The iconic photographs: Steve McCurry; World Press Photo 2017; World Press Photo 2018


Suthep Kritsanavarin - Guest Lecture by Thomas Groves

On November 13, 2018, internationally renowned photojournalist Suthep Kritsanavarin, invited by Lecturer Thomas Groves, visited the Webster University Thailand Cha-Am campus to discuss Documentary Photography and the benefits of long-term projects. During Mr. Suthep’s visit we were able to grab an interview about his work and his personal advice to students interested in documentary work.

Suthep Kritsanavarin has chronicled environmental, social, and humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia for nearly two decades. His award-winning photo essays have been published in: The New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Far Eastern Economic Review, Time, Geographical, Aera, Days Japan, and Geo. He has also exhibited his documentary photography in Germany, France, China, Japan, Thailand, and Cambodia.

We hope you enjoy the video edited by Thomas Groves.

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SSAMIC Conference 2018 by Thomas Groves

The 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference


I recently participated in the 5th Social Sciences, Arts and Media International Conference, 14-15 June 2018 ( The conference was hosted by Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok and organized in collaboration with Burapha University, Ubon Ratchathani University, College of the Holy Spirit Manila (Philippines), Dali University (China), Illinois State University (USA), Indonesia Institute of the Arts - Yogyakarta (Indonesia), University of Essex (UK), University of Missouri - St. Louis (USA) and Virginia Tech University (USA). Every year the objective of SSAMIC is to bring together academics, artists and culture industry specialists and to provide them with a platform for discussions and cultural exchange.

On the second day the “Creative Work Exhibition” section counted well over forty visual art presentations and art performances. I presented his photographic art work entitled “Long Wa: The Last of the Head Hunters” to a crowd of appreciative conference attendees. He explained a series of his photographs that document the last living head hunters of Nagaland (North-East India), whereby the medium used was intended to capture a moment in time to help preserve a disappearing culture.

This opportunity to network with researchers and artists from Thailand and abroad and to engage in thought-provoking discussions. Their papers are currently undergoing peer review and will be published in the proceedings made available on the conference website in September.

Skate Soccer - Ghana by Thomas Groves

One of the exciting aspects of being a university professor is the ability to explore, discuss, and debate multiple topics with students all over the world. While many opportunities have been presented to me I was extremely excited when I was awarded the the Sverdrup Global Teaching Fellowship. This allowed me to pick campuses in Europe, North America, Asia and Africa to continue my teaching for a period of three months. I quickly selected the dream location to teach in Accra, Ghana. While conducting my research in preparation for my trip, I came across a unique story of an organization with the goal to raise awareness of polio through the sport of football (soccer). This immediately caught my attention and became one of my main goals to witness while I passed my time in Ghana.

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