TIMOR RUNGURANGA is an epic photobook, taking you on an unforgettable journey through the wild, wild east of Timor-Leste. A young country of unparalleled beauty, yet unrivalled contradictions, where old traditions collide with new modern worlds, and the sacred meets the profane.

The launch at the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2017 aims to share with a wider audience the photographic work of David Palazón documenting the people and culture of Timor-Leste throughout a period of 8 years.


TIMOR RUNGURANGA features contributions by leading authors, artists and photographers on Timor-Leste, giving further depth to this outstanding visual exploration. An unconventional gem of a photobook. A must-have for anyone interested in visual anthropology, documentary photography and of course … Timor-Leste.

The photobook hopes to inspire many others to visit the neighboring young nation. A country of unparalleled beauty, yet unrivalled contradictions, where old traditions collide with new modern worlds, and the sacred meet the profane. A perfect destination for those looking to explore the undiscovered. An unconventional gem of a photobook, and a must-have for anyone interested in documentary studies, contemporary photography, visual anthropology and … Timor-Leste. Miss it at your peril!


David Palazón (Barcelona, 1972) is a designer and documentary photographer and filmmaker. His curious nature and unique sense of humour bring us close into the hearts and lives of the Timorese people, capturing the fleeting, incidental moments of those he met on his 8-year journey throughout this young nation. The portraits presented in this exhibition are an exclusive selection from the 282 photographs contained in the photobook.

David Palazon

TIMOR RUNGURANGA has participated in several international photograhic exhibitions such as the Auckland Festival of Photography, the Indian Photography Festival in Hyderabad, or the Athens Photo Festival (part of documenta14). Copies have been acquired into some renown collections such the National Library of Australia or The Center of South East Asia Studies in the US. Last September, it was acquired for the TATE photobook collection in UK, selected by Martin Parr (Magnum photographer and photobook collector/curator).

This exhibition and photobook launch has been kindly sponsored by the Spanish Embassy and Instituto Cervantes in Jakarta. The author would like to express his gratitude to the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and to the Rio Helmi Cafe & Gallery for hosting this exhibition and photobook launch.

TIMOR RUNGURANGA is exclusively published in Timor-Leste by Timor Aid. A limited number of copies are available from the Periplus bookshop in Ubud. For international online orders, please visit www. blurb.com

All the photographic prints are for sale signed and framed (US$300), please enquiry to our gallery assistant. Any sales will be split equally between the author, the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival and the Rio Helmi Gallery & Cafe to support their work.

The Rio Helmi Gallery presents an exhibition of 16 selected prints from the photobook between 25-30 October. Limited signed copies of the book will be available at the opening. If would like to order one, you can do it here: http://www.blurb.com/b/7181097-timor-runguranga More info: https://davidpalazon.com/timor_runguranga/