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Phil America  is a Northern California and NYC raised photographer, artist and writer. After three years in Europe he currently resides in Bangkok, Thailand and is working on projects in and around South East Asia. He also teaches photography as a volunteer at a school for migrant workers from Myanmar looking to start a new life in Thailand.

His first book, Our Side Of The tracks, was released in 2012. It was a collaborative project with Oahu and published by Alias Press. His texts and photos have appeared in books, magazines and newspapers internationally such as Clout, Coven, Accent Magazine, The Infamous, Nonstop, Boston Herald, Vapors, Ego War and others. Throughout all of his works he combines photography with writing to bring about an interpersonal relationship between the viewer and himself.

In Bangkok, Thailand, the heart of Asia's criminal underworld functions due to one place: Chinatown.
While 70% of male visitors to the country engage in the sex trade and 60% of all visitors
engage in drug use, nearly none of them do it in Chinatown. The large neighborhood made uppredominantly of Chinese immigrants controls the docks on the Chao Phraya River and supplies the city with nearly all of its imported goods. The main road of Yaowarat appears like any other Chinatown: littered with restaurants and street vendors selling imported goods and cheap street food, but venture off to one of the sois or behind the docks, you will see crime is a way of life here. From fake DVDs and imitation luxury accessories, to prostitution and human trafficking, to opium dens and money laundering houses, Chinatown's criminal element is on every corner yet hidden from the world. An American male in Chinatown, without the ability to speak Thai or Chinese, and without knowing the 'wrong' people, sets out on a journey to come in contact and build relationships with the local criminal element to bring an entire new series of works for the solo show at Copenhagen's Vess.

The series of photos shows a strong, underlining strength in the eyes of the pimps and drug lords and contrasts that with the tattooed hands of the criminals on the street. 

The show will run from September 28th, 2013 through to November 10th, 2013 at Vess Showroom
Oehlenschlægersgade 36
Copenhagen 1663