The Missing Monarch

This article appears in The Photo Issue 2015

I went looking for King Bhumibol, Thailand's ill and missing monarch, and found him everywhere in the Thai consciousness. The disappearance of a leader, very often without warning or explanation, is a common occurrence in monarchies and dictatorships, but Bhumibol has maintained his presence through commercialization. Large, gaudy gold frames hold his mural-size images on every street corner. Expressionless, he is sometimes depicted...

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