Born in Thailand and raised in France, Saya Chontang studied art including drawing, painting, and engraving from a young age.
Saya Chontang’s soft, dream-like Polaroids might stem from or fall into the category of fashion photography, but by collaborating closely with her models (many of them local artists), she captures not only each individual’s particular beauty, but also a glimpse of what beauty means in general.
Why did you choose this subject?
I always see human beings as the most valuable subjects.
What do you see when you look at these photos?
I love to see myself in my subjects’ eyes. They give me their trust and they give themselves to me.
What research and production did you go through to make these images?
I have adopted many SX70; I have five and they are all different. It takes time to tame each one, to know it by heart, its focus, the necessary amount of light, but also its noise and its smell.
Do your images help the viewer understand the subject in a new way?
You don’t always need to understand an image; you can just let it live.
What did you learn by making these images?
None of us is perfect, but every one of us is unique.