Piyanari Lefebvre, (née Piyanari Petit Kamkongkaew), is an American born, Thai raised photographer currently based in France. Her distinctive style in unapologetically grainy, gritty, and mainly in black and white. This is achieved by push processing the highest speed film.
Various projects have taken her to different places. Her primary interests are in cultures, subcultures, and personalities. She works in documentary style aiming to share a particular perspectives of people in various situations.
Using photography is the main medium, she hopes her work could contribute to a greater empathy of conditions and the connections that exist between peoples, actually and symbolically. She approaches her coverage with as few pre-conceptions as possible, letting the momentary experience guides her.
Piyanari was raised in small town Thailand where she became interested in photography. She later attended Changsilp (College of Fine Arts) in Bangkok before returning to California in her teenage years. She began her photography more seriously with musicians, later with sport fighters, and some comedians. The increase interest in Muay Thai (Thai boxing) lead her back to Thailand to re-integrate and to investigate the cultural situation. While there, she met and later married Guillaume Lefebvre which relocated her base to the city of Strasbourg. Now, in additional to the on-going projects in the US and Thailand, she’s currently studying French in order to pursue the new passion in exploring her new home in the Alsace region.