Paul Lukin (b. 1980)
Paul Lukin is a documentary photographer and photojournalist based in Bangkok, Thailand. Born in Split, Croatia, Lukin developed a keen interest in drawing and the arts from an early age. Yet despite these artistic predilections, he immersed himself in the world of competitive martial arts. Between 1995 and 2000, Lukin competed in major Muay Thai championships, winning three consecutive Croatian titles, as well as a silver medal at the World Military Games in 1999. The career path of a Muay Thai fighter naturally leads to competing in Thailand, after several trips, he fell in love with the country and decided to follow his dream of becoming champion at Lumpinee Stadium, the spiritual home of Muay Thai. After moving to the country, however, he learned the heartbreaking reality of the fight business in Thailand, causing him to re-evaluate his life goals. In 2004 Lukin discovered photography; which quickly became his obsession. Lukin works on a long-term, self-assigned projects, focusing on work in Southeast Asia. Lukin’s work is characterized by his dramatic portrayals of the human condition, captivating compositions, yet retaining a minimalistic quality and a sense of mystery. Working primarily in black and white, his work blends multiple genres, including photojournalism, street photography and fine art.
Lukin is a Finalist of Sony World Photography Awards 2018.