Justin Thomas Photography

Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson 

National Stadium, Bangkok,Thailand - 24/8/1993 


I persuaded my agent, Duncan Raban, that it was worth sending me to Bangkok for the start of Michael Jackson’s Eastern tour under the premise that »You never know what might happen« I managed to buy an overpriced ticket from a tout. When I got to the venue it was bristling with security and full body searches were going on. I got the girl who was with me to put the body of the camera in the waist band of her skirt, I hid my big 300m lens in the sleeve of my Levi jacket and had 6 rolls of film in each sock. We got in. I said to her »I’m going in there.« and she looked at me as if I was mad when I pointed to the packed crowd in front of the stage. It was unbearably hot, but fortunately I was taller than the average Thai so at least I could breathe! When I emerged, the girl was laughing ’cos it looked like I’d just been for a swim; my clothes were soaked through. We both sat on a friend’s motorbike and it took us ages to get to P.A.’s office. In them days it took an eternity to wire photos, but by 5am I’d managed to send about 20 frames. I got back to the hotel, freshened up, and just as I was about to leave for the airport I was handed a fax from my agent informing me that Jackson had been accused of child abuse. I was ahead of the pack, flying home with an exclusive while everyone else was flying in.

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