Pattaya, Thailand, doesn't have the best of reputations. It is internationally known as one of the premier destinations for sex tourism, and child sex trafficking. The sinister undercurrents that saturate the atmosphere are palpable. The beaches become transient spaces, temporarily occupied by those waiting for the sun to set. However, as the march of globalization continues, the city has begun to undergo a slow transformation, from infamous sex-tourism hotspot, to family friendly tourist destination. City and country officials have dedicated a large amount of money and time to developing and rebranding the city. And so it enters it's own transient period. Balanced between it's infamous past, and family friendly future.
Adam Birkan is a freelance editorial photographer and visual storyteller. Born in Jerusalem and raised in the far off land of Cincinnati. Adam has been named one of PDN 30, Magnum’s 30 Under 30 and the winner of Photo District News’ Emerging Photographer award, as well as a finalist in the 2014 National Geographic competition. He also attended the 28th Eddie Adams Workshop. He has a Bachelors of Science in Visual Communication from Ohio University. He is currently based in Bangkok, focusing on long term, and short term projects. His personal work often takes a macro view of social and economic issues. He focuses on literal and metaphorical juxtapositions and finds subtle moments that, collected together, reveal a broad depiction of accelerated industries and economic disparity in Asia.