20.05.2012 in19:08 in Documentary -->
Based in Bangkok, Belgian photojournalist Thierry Falise has covered South-East Asia and beyond since the late eighties, both features and news reporting (as a correspondent for Gamma photo agency and today for Bangkok-based Onasia photography agency). In 2003, TV colleague Vincent Reynaud and Falise were arrested in Laos after completing a forbidden story on a Hmong minority waiting for the return of its former American ally. Sentenced to 15 years of prison, the two reporters were released after five weeks in jail thanks to an international solidarity campaign.
Falise also worked as a writer, photographer or consultant on corporate, NGOs and institutional assignments.
He published three books in French: a novel in 2005, “Les Petits Generaux de Yadana” (Anne Carriere Editions),
the first biography in French of the Burmese pro-democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi in 2007, “Le jasmin ou la lune” (Florent Massot Editions), and a document on the cyclone Nargis in 2009, “Le chatiment des rois” (Florent Massot).
Twilight of the jarawas…
Thierry Falise has photographed a number of various indigenous groups, including the Jarawas, one of the indigenous peoples of the Andaman Islands, in his gallery titled The Twilight of the Andaman Naked People.
The Jarawas are estimated at between 250-350, and have largely avoided interactions with outsiders. They are a hunting and gathering nomadic tribe, hunting wild pigs, monitor lizard with bows and arrows. It takes a while to accept that the Jarawas are not an African tribe, but rather aborigines from a group of archipelagic islands in the Bay of Bengal, south east of India.