” There’s a certain unnerving juxtaposition about Cedric Arnold’s photography. There is an obvious potency, or aggression – men standing in various stages of undress, stoic, staring, unblinking; yet there is a reverence or calm that provides depth and intrigue.” - January Art Magazine
“Arnold’s powerful, yet sensitive portraits present a mystical subculture through its rituals, and symbols; a chest etched with a fierce leaping tiger, a hand adorned with images of geckos on each finger, a back protected by a monkey God, or a shoulder inscribed with ancient Khmer text…” - Wayne Ford
French / British photographer Cedric Arnold, was born in 1976 in the UK. It was while studying history at the University of Paris that he first took up photography and filmmaking, taking courses in documentary filmmaking and spending hours in the darkroom. He began his career based in London & Belfast and later moved to Bangkok.
In his personal work, Cedric is often drawn towards exploring the markings of time, this can be in the subject matter itself or expressed with the medium he uses: out of date film, old instant film, or even through chemically altering prints and emulsion.
Cedric’s work is part of private, institutional and museum collections such as the SOAS and British Library Collections.
He lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand.
Selected Solo exhibitions
‘Yangon Awakening’ – Yangon Photo Festival, Yangon – Feb 2013
‘Sacred Ink’ – Nov 2012 – Jan 2013 – Farmani Gallery – Bangkok
‘Sacred Ink’ – The Tattoo Master Oct – Dec 2012 Brunei Gallery London – SOAS
‘Sacred Ink’ May 2011 Chulalongkorn University Art Centre – Bangkok
“Instants Tannes” at Alliance Francaise de Bangkok – May 2009
“Shadowing Light” at Amantee Gallery, Bangkok – May 2006
“Takraw” A traveling exhibition to promote the Asian sport, takraw to the Olympic Committee with a show at Paris’s town hall, L’Hotel de Ville – 2005
“Takraw: Bangkok is our Playground” Bangkok month of photography at Gallery F Stop June 2004
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