Photographers were asked to find particular aspects of culture, place, and time they felt would add to a larger project descriptive of the small communities and people encountered in Southern Thailand. Students were tasked with keeping in mind how visual and paired written descriptions illustrating their chosen subjects could also lead viewers to consider Thailand’s position in the larger global community.

Any such photography project raises issues of documentary truth, for participants are telling “a”, not “the”, true story. We are limited by ourselves. What one sees and how one sees it — what one chooses to record as noteworthy by making a photograph — is a barometer of the photographer and her/his nationality as much as it is a marker reflecting landscape, culture, lifestyle, and mores of the place and people documented.

During this interdisciplinary St. Edward’s University faculty-led summer program, Raelynn Haynes taught a marine science component and Joe Vitone taught the photography and global studies component presented in this website. St. Edward’s University is a top ranked private liberal arts university in Austin, Texas. For more information about the project photography or about study abroad at St. Edward’s University, please contact Joe Vitone at

Project Photographers and Project Titles

Emily Jane Cosgrove  – Monk Ordinations in Thailand

Fiorella HernandezPublic Education in Rural Thailand

Jordan Hughes  – Thai Markets

Briana Martinez – Thai and the Sea

Sarah Morton – Parawood and Rubber Industry

Rowan Pruitt – Thai Housewives

Charles Renneker – Fishing Villages and Management of Waste

Faith Robbins – Between Working to Live and Living to Work

Briana Terry – Thailand Bullfighting

Marlen Zeceña – Thailand’s Forgotten Citizens