The first photo festival in SE Asia is back! Now on its 7th year, Angkor Photo Festival runs from November 19 to 26 in Siem Reap, Cambodia and will be showing the work of 110 photographers, including 60 from Asia. Created in 2005, the festival is the first of its kind in the region, and is a platform to discover, educate and share talent from all over the world.
Daily evening outdoor shows, 9 stunning exhibitions - including one on Asian Street Photography - , solo shows by top Cambodian photographers Mak Remiss and Sovan Philong, as well as American Roger Ballen and Singaporean Edwin Koo are part of this year's event. Other highlights are group shows on photography in China and the earthquake in Japan; Asian Reminders Project and a Children's Day showcase. Here's a glimpse of the amazing photos for this year.
Corentin Fohlen / Fedephoto [Revolution in Egypt]
Gathering at Tahrir Square, Egyptians protest to demand the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who has been in power for 32 years. Egyptian Army vehicles, parked there the previous evening, are in place to protect the Egyptian museum from looting. Cairo, Egypt. January 29, 2011.
Edwin Koo [Swat Valley - Pakistan]
Sher Zaman, 50, squeezed 10 people into his LPG-powered auto-rickshaw on his flight from Swat Valley to the city of Mardan. He now stays in the tent village of Sheik Yasin, Mardan, Pakistan. More than two million refugees have poured out of Swat Valley as the Pakistan army launched a massive operation to eliminate Taliban militants, after the breakdown of a peace deal in early May 2009. The exodus of refugees is the Pakistan's largest since the Partition in 1947.
Jessica Hilltout [Amen - Grassroots Football]
Amen shines a light on all those in the shadows of the World Cup, far away from the big stadiums and the corporate carnival-nature of the event. It expresses football in its purest form, showing people with simple needs and huge hearts, embracing Africa and everything that makes it unique.
Lung Liu [Cafe Om]
A waitress stands at the entrance at a café/massage parlour to usher in prospective clients. Cafe Om is a series on a type of coffee shop in Vietnam where coffee and drinks are offered as a front to massage parlors providing sexual services to mainly a clientele of Vietnamese men.
Matthieu Paley [Forgotten on the Roof of the World : Life in Afghanistan’s Remotest Mountains]
Attack by wolves on livestock is common here, at Ustad's Ghulam's camp, the camp of the 'second' Sary Tash. On a winter expedition through the Wakhan Corridor and into the Afghan Pamir mountains, part of a documentation of the life of the Afghan Kyrgyz tribe. Afghanistan. February 2008.
Rahman Roslan [Nur]
Nur reacts as she unveiled her stories about when she went missing for 8 years to her aunt (L), mother, and brother. Nur came to Malaysia to work, and suffered abuse at the hands of her employers until she was eventually rescued by an NGO who helped send her back home.
Seth Butler [ Tibetan Buddhism in Amdo & Kham]
Veiled in smoke from burning incense, a monk stands on the steps of the Sershul Tekchen Dargyeling Monastery, where the Gelugpa practice of Tibetan Buddhism is taught. Kham, Tibet. 2007.
Suthep Kritsanavarin [Stateless Rohingya... Running on Empty]
Rohingya refugee men show the scars of brutal beatings endured by the Burmese navy when the boat they were fleeing on was stopped in the Andaman Sea off of Myanmar’s west coast. After two weeks under arrest, the Burmese Navy released their boat, pointing out the direction Thailand with the warning that they would be killed if they returned. Thai authorities arrested this group of 78 Rohingya refugees when their boat washed up on the southern shores of Thailand. They have languished in an overcrowded Immigration jail in Bangkok for more than a year. Unconfirmed reports of several deaths said several of the 78 died in detention due to untreated health conditions. The Thai government has been slow in forming a policy on the Rohingya refugees who continue to pour into their borders while the Myanmar government refuses to take them back and does not recognize them as citizens.
Veejay Villafranca / Asia Motion [Faith Above Fate]
The Philippines has the biggest Catholic population in the Far East. In the year 2000, there were an estimated 45,000 religious sects registered as church congregations in the country. Born and raised in a Catholic family, this project is an introspective narrative by Veejay on how the different religious influences merge into today's modernity.
Vincent Soyez [My Cambodia]
Angkor Photo Festival
A Woman's Eye
Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR [Dispatch for Yemen]
A blind protestor attends the demonstration at the Change Square. Sanaa, Yemen. May, 2011.
Zann Huang [Children of the Revolution : Iranian Youth Culture]
An Iranian girl kisses her boyfriend in a teahouse in Kerman. It is taboo for a girl to demonstrate physical affections in public and the fact that they are not married or engaged made what she did more unacceptable as a social norm. Besides that, their rendezvous may be discovered by the islamic police who will check their identities and find out about their relationship. Punishment is tantamount to physical flogging or if they are lucky, they can just escape with a fine. Kerman, Iran. 3 August, 2009.
Asian Street Photography - Group Exhibition
Curated by Francoise Callier, this unique exhibition brings together street photography by 16 photographers from all over Asia.
Photo by Ajay Hirani
Photo by Eric Kim
Photo by Jehsong Baak
Photo by Palani Mohan / Reportage by Getty Images
Photo by Sam Kang Li
Photo by Shehab Uddin
Photo by Siddharth Jain
Photo by Vivek Muthuramalingam
Photo by Yan Ming
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