Bhumibol Adulyadej, born 5 December 1927, is the current King of Thailand. He is known as Rama IX. Having reigned since 9 June 1946, he is the world's longest-serving current head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history
Bhumibol is a painter, musician, photographer, author and translator.
During offial visits he is often see using a camera, shooting the ceremony for personal souvenirs.
There is even a Museum about his passion of photography :
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej's Royal Photography Museum I.
The museum of the photographs taken by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej consists of two buildings situated north of Vimanmek Mansion. They were originally constructed by the royal command of King Rama V for HRH Princess Arunwadi and HRH Princess Bussabun Buaphan.
At present both former royal residences house displays of photographs taken by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The King, a lifelong camera enthusiast, has graciously permitted the display of some works from his personal collection. Many of His Majesty the King’s photographs reflect hidden interesting philosophical thoughts.
The King’s photographs can be categorized into several groups. There are family photographs of Her Majesty the Queen and those of the royal children, the Prince and the Princesses. These are also photographs of royal ceremonies, photographs of the Ramakien scenes from the corridors of the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, and photographs of his subjects, villages, towns, and cities and natural wonders in the Kingdom. Also, he has taken photographs which have been useful for the development of the country such as photographs of interesting landscapes; photographs showing appropriate locations for dams, reservoirs and dykes; photographs of villages and their surroundings and of transportation routes. These photographs were taken on land, from the air in airplanes or helicopters. They have been used to help him plan various development projects in the Kingdom, particularly in rural areas. Upon completion of those projects, he sometimes took photographs of the officials involved with the projects.