Born in Thailand and raised in France, Saya Chontang studied art including drawing, painting, and engraving from a young age. At just 16 years old, she found her ideal instrument, a Polaroid camera older than she was, with which she photographs artists around Paris, where she lives.
5 questions for Saya Chontang
What is the one thing that gets you out of bed in the morning?
A good breakfast: a croissant and hot chocolate.
What would be your perfect day?
There is no perfect day. Each day is different, beautiful, unique, and inspiring.
What is the longest trip you ever took to make a photo?
A photo shoot in a forest near Paris. My stylist had a suitcase full of haute couture; my model had to walk through the grass in high heels. But the team was great, and I have great memories from it.
What was the hardest image you ever had to make?
Everything depends on the mood of my old friend, SX70. Using a Polaroid can be random and full of funny surprises. That is what lets the magic get in.
What is your favorite thing about being a photographer?
I love the opportunity to meet fantastic people and to show off their beauty in my images.
My love affair with my SX70
My city, Paris. Timeless and cosmopolitan.
My inspirations: nature and sunlight