Watsamon Tri-yasakda, also known as “June” is a photographer and visual storyteller based in Bangkok, Thailand. She is actively documenting issues of human rights for LGBTIQ community in Thailand and Southeast Asia. She has been working with local and international editorial publications, organizations, and commercial clients. Her works have been published and featured in the local and international publications such as Financial Times, DER SPIEGEL, and Global Citizen, Coconuts, Buzzfeed, Sarakadee Magazine, and The Momentum. She has been contributing for THE STANDARD, a leading media outlet from Thailand covering all things news, culture, and lifestyle since 2018.
“Mr. Pearl”, her photo story about a Thai transman has been exhibited and screened in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and South Korea in 2016. “Portrait of Natsayers at Taungbyone Nat Festival” has exhibited in Myanmar. From 2017, her “7465” photo series on Thai youth’s student uniform has been exhibited around the world as a part of “We Will Have Been Young” and selected to show in a group exhibition in many countries such as Australia, Canada, Cambodia, Myanmar, and the UK. In 2019, she was listed in Time Out Bangkok’s “Bangkok-based LGBTQ figures you should know right now“
Moreover, she is a selected participant in the Obscura Festival of Photography’s “The Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass” under the OSTKREUZ Photographer’s Agency, and a fellow of UNDP’s Being LGBTIQ in Asia Media Fellowship Programme. Also, she’s been selected as a participant in the 2018 Angkor Photo Workshops.
Watsamon holds a B.A. in Language and Culture (BALAC) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand. In 2015, she received a scholarship to study for a Diploma in Photojournalism, Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University. She was selected for the 2015 Chiangmai Documentary Arts Festival’s Mentor Program.
EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWCASES: 2020 "7465" - "Erratic Dream" Online Exhibition curated by PannaFoto Institute - "We Will Have Been Young" Traveling Exhibition in Bangkok 2019 "United Love — Documenting Pride in Asia", curated by CinemAsia, Amsterdam, the Netherlands 2019 "7465" - Selected group exhibition, Brisbane and Jakarta - "We Will Have Been Young" Traveling Exhibition in Germany, Vietnam 2018 "7465" - Exhibition, &Proud LGBT Film Festival, Yangon, Myanmar - "We Will Have Been Young" Traveling Exhibition in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia - Kwir: an Exhibition of Queer Identity, UK - Exhibition, NUIT ROSE 2018 - A festival of queer art and performance, Toronto, Canada - Exhibition, Photo Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2017 "7465" - Asian Women Photographer's showcase curated by Yumi Goto and Emmeline Yong, Objectifs, Singapore - "We Will Have Been Young" Southeast Asian Photography Masterclass Group Exhibition, Penang, Malaysia - "We Will Have Been Young" photobook publication by dienacht Publishing 2016 "MR. PEARL", - Solo Exhibition, Documentary Arts Asia, Chiangmai, Thailand - Multimedia Screening, F/28 – The Chiang Mai Month of Photography, Thailand - Suwon Photo Festival, South Korea - Exhibition at “Fix Butch, Repair Femme: Rhetoric, Derogatory and Violence” seminar, Bangkok, Thailand - Slideshow Screening, PhotoJourn Festival Edition 2 Open Submission’s Selection, Bangkok, Thailand 2016 "Portrait of Natsayers at Taungbyone Nat Festival”, Group Exhibition, &PROUD LGBT Photo Competition’s Best Entries, Yangon, Myanmar 2015 "Siang Esan", Slideshow Screening, F/28 – The Chiang Mai Month of Photography, Thailand 2013 "Sudawadee Norapoompipat", Short film by Apipar Norapoompipat and Watsamon Tri-yasakda, Non - Being by Itself curated by Kamin LertchaiprasertThe Art Center, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand
INTERVIEW AND SPEAKER: - "The Voice from Thailand Protests" by Photo Demos, 2020 - "For Thailand’s queer students, self-expression is an act of protest" by Document Journal, 2020 - Panelist, 'LGBTQ Rights & Developments in Asia: Then & Now' hosted by CinemAsia Amsterdam and VondelCS, the Netherlands, 2019 - Panelist, ' Representation, Agency & Censorship in Photography', hosted by Ilham Gallery and OBSCURA Festival of Photography, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2018 - "What it's like to be young and in love in Southeast Asia" by CNN, 2018 - "Uniformity and Identity in Thai Schools" by PHmuseum, 2018 - Panelist, ‘Producers and consumers: Social media and storytelling’ at Salzburg Global LGBT Forum, Thailand, 2016 - "Race for gender equality" by Bangkok Post, 2016 - "Capturing LGBT pride in Asia" by UNAIDS, 2015