Angkor Photo Workshop Tutors
The tutors of the Angkor Photo Workshops share our core values and an unwavering belief in the need to provide professional guidance and mentorship to Asia’s emerging photographers. Since we began, all our workshop tutors have waived their professional fees and joined us as volunteers – helping us to remain non-commercial and free for all participants. Our tutors for 2018 represent a range of nationalities, professional backgrounds, and photographic styles, mirroring our beliefs in the importance of inclusivity and diversity.
Tutors of the 14th Angkor Photo Workshops
Born in Marseilles, Antoine d’Agata left France in 1983 and remained overseas for the next ten years. Finding himself in New York in 1990, he pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.
During his time in New York , in 1991-92, d’Agata worked as an intern in the editorial department of Magnum, but despite his experiences and training in the US, after his return to France in 1993 he took a four-year break from photography. His first books of photographs, De Mala Muerte and Mala Noche, were published in 1998, and the following year Galerie Vu began distributing his work. In 2001 he published Hometown, and won the Niépce Prize for young photographers. He continued to publish regularly: Vortex and Insomnia appeared in 2003, accompanying his exhibition 1001 Nuits, which opened in Paris in September; Stigma was published in 2004, and Manifeste in 2005.
In 2004 d’Agata joined Magnum Photos and in the same year, shot his first short film, Le Ventre du Monde (The World’s Belly); this experiment led to his long feature film Aka Ana, shot in 2006 in Tokyo.
Since 2005 Antoine d’Agata has had no settled place of residence but has worked around the world. [ TOP ]
Sohrab Hura was born on 17th October 1981 in a small town called Chinsurah in West Bengal, India and he grew up changing his ambitions from one exciting thing to another. He started with dreams of growing up and becoming a dog, which later turned to becoming a superhero and then to a veterinarian to a herpetologist to becoming a wild life film maker. Today he is a photographer, after having completed his Masters in Economics. In 2014, he was named a nominee of Magnum Photos. [ TOP ]
Kosuke Okahara was born in 1980 and grew up in Tokyo, starting his career as a photographer after obtaining his degree in education. Alternating between news reporting and long-term personal projects, his initial forays led him to Sudan, Burma, China, as well as Colombia, a project which he is only now at the point of completion. He also works in his native country. In 2004, he began ‘Ibasyo’, a long-term photographic essay on adolescent self-mutilation in Japan which received the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship.
A member of Agence VU’ for a period, Kosuke is also the recipient of several awards and grants, including the PDN’s 30 (New York, 2009), Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo (Amsterdam, 2009), Getty Images Grants (Perpignan 2012), and the Pierre & Alexandra Boulat Award (Perpignan, 2014).
Since the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011, he has been documenting the devastated region. The work is now the subject of his sixth book, ‘Fukushima Fragments’, published by Editions de la Martinière (2015). [ TOP ]
Ian Teh has published three monographs, Undercurrents (2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). His work is part of the permanent collection at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) and the Hood Museum in the USA. Selected solo shows include the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York in 2004, Flowers in London in 2011 and the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam in 2012.
Teh has received several honours, including the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography in 2014 and the Emergency Fund from the Magnum Foundation in 2011. In 2013, he was elected by the Open Society Foundations to exhibit in New York at the Moving Walls Exhibition. In 2015, during COP21 during the Paris climate talks, large poster images of his work was displayed on the streets of Paris as part of a collaborative initiative by #Dysturb and Magnum Foundation. He is a co-exhibitor to an environmental group show of internationally acclaimed photographers, Coal + Ice, curated by Susan Meiselas. It was recently exhibited at the Official Residence of the US Ambassador to France during COP21 and is also currently showing in Shanghai.
Teh’s work has been published internationally in distinguished magazines such as Time, The New Yorker, GEO and Granta. Since 2013, he has exhibited as well as conducted masterclasses at Obscura Festival of Photography, Malaysia’s foremost photo festival. He subsequently became a tutor at Cambodia’s well known Angkor Photo Festival in 2014. Teh is a member of two prestigious agencies, VU and Panos Pictures. [ TOP ]
Born in Bochum, a city right in the heart of Germany’s Ruhr Area (also called Pott), at twenty-five Katrin Koenning moved to Australia where she studied photography at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
She has a particular interest in our physical and emotional connection to place, and to that which surrounds us. Her still and moving image works are regularly exhibited in Australian and international solo and group exhibitions. Koenning is a former editor of the Australian PhotoJournalist Magazine, and winner of the Conscientious Portfolio Award and the Daylight Photo Award.
Her images have been published widely in places such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel Magazine, National Geographic, The New Yorker, SBS Australia and many others. In 2016, she published her first book ‘Astres Noirs’ (Chose Commune), which won the Australian Photobook of the Year Award.
Koenning currently lives in Melbourne, Australia. [ TOP ]
Tania Bohórquez (Oaxaca, México, 1987) is a visual artist, active in photography, video and performance, working in two lines: self-referential and documentary, focus in the human fragility in the interpersonal relationships and structures collectives (family and vulnerable groups). The topics in her projects are the violence, sexual abuse and incest.
Her background is in Political Sciences. She studied in the Manuel Álvarez Bravo Photographic Center and Centro de la Imagen in México, and she completed a Master’s degree in Critic of Contemporary Art and Production of Visual Arts. She is a tutor for the Clinics for Specialization in Contemporary Art in Oaxaca and was tutor of the Program to Encourage Artistic Creation and Development (Award for artists granted by The Council of Arts of México). Part of her creative process is involved practice of communitary pedagogy avoiding the vertical structure of power. She currently resides and works in France and in the south of México. [ TOP ]
Veejay Villafranca was born in Manila. He started out in journalism as a staff photographer for the national news magazine covering socio-political
events in the Philippines. After becoming a freelancer in 2006, he worked with several international news wire agencies before pursuing the personal projects that later paved the way to his career as a full-time documentary photographer.
In 2008, he was awarded the Ian Parry Scholarship and a residency at Visa Pour l’Image for his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila and in 2013 attended the prestigious Joop Swart Masterclass program of the World Press Photo Foundation. He is also an alumnus of the 2006 Angkor Photo Festival Documentary photographer workshop.
Veejay is based in Manila and works around the Asian region contributing to international publications and working with non-governmental organizations in crafting stories about Filipino cultural and religious practices, the transformation of Filipino gang members, and climate displacement and other environmental issues around the Asian region. [ TOP ]
A self-taught photographer, Newsha began working professionally in the Iranian press at age of 16 at the women’s daily newspaper ‘Zan‘. At the age of 18, she was the youngest photographer to cover the 1999 student uprising, which was a turning point for the country’s blossoming reformist movement and for Newsha personally as a photojournalist; a year later she joined New York based agency Polaris Images.
In 2002 she started working internationally, covering the war in Iraq. She has since covered regional conflicts, natural disasters and made social documentary stories. Her work is published in international magazines and newspapers such as Time Magazine, Newsweek, Stern, Le Figaro, Colors, The New York Times, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad, The New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.
In 2009 Newsha covered the Presidential elections in Iran, which ended up in chaos and forced her to temporary halt her photojournalistic work. Instead she started working on projects that experts describe as a mix of social documentary photography and art.
Her work has been displayed in dozens of international art exhibitions and has been on show in museums such as the Victoria & Albert, LACMA in and the British Museum, and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
In 2014 Newsha was chosen as the fifth laureate of the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. In 2015 she was chosen as the principle laureate of the Prince Claus Award.
Newsha became a Magnum nominee in 2015. [ TOP ]
SIM Chi Yin
Sim Chi Yin is a visual author focused on documentary projects in Asia. She is particularly interested in history and memory, migration and transience.
A fourth-generation overseas Chinese born and raised in Singapore, schooled in London and now based in Beijing for the past eight years, Chi Yin feels both southeast Asian and Chinese, and is curious about where cultures meet and blend or diverge.
Her work has been screened at photo festivals in Arles and Perpignan, and exhibited at PhotoVille in New York, the Annenberg Space in Los Angeles, Paris Photo, Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, and at festivals in China.
She has done photography, video and multimedia commissions for TIME, The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic,Le Monde and The New Yorker, among other top international publications. Her personal work is more long-form and presented as books, installations and projections.
Chi Yin was a Magnum Foundation Human Rights and Photography fellow at New York University in 2010 and a finalist for the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography in 2013. She was a World Press Photo jury member for documentary categories in 2016. Chi Yin was trained as a historian, finishing two degrees in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She worked as a journalist and foreign correspondent for The Straits Times, Singapore’s national English language daily, for nine years before quitting to be an independent story-teller. [ TOP ]
Patrick de Noirmont is a veteran photographer and editor with more than 35 years experience with the wire services. He started with UPI and was involved in the teams that launched both the AFP and Reuters International Picture Services. In addition to running various wire service bureaus in Paris, Johannesburg and Bangkok, he has covered numerous events including the Yom Kippur war in Israel, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the first Gulf War, and the transition in South Africa from apartheid. Assignments sent him to Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire. In Asia, he witnessed the military advances of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the handover of Hong Kong, the coup in Cambodia and the fall of President Suharto. He has worked part time for the Associated Press in Paris until 2010.
Patrick de Noirmont is now based in Thailand where he has worked for the Rockefeller foundation and various NGO’s. He has been part of the free educational workshop of the Angkor Photo festival since 2005. [ TOP ]
Suthep Kritsanavarin is one of Thailand’s leading photojournalists. His award-winning work has been published internationally in: the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, National Geographic Thailand, Geographical, Aera and Japan Times. Suthep has covered environmental, social and humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia for nearly two decades.
Suthep’s work is based on his firm belief that a photojournalist must act as a conscientious observer of society and culture. He has to contribute to social change on a local and global level. He achieves these goals by working on a project over long durations to build deep understanding on the topic and to establish trust among the communities where he works. Suthep’s powerful images create in-depth documentary essays shot over protracted periods of time on his own initiative and funding.
Recently, Suthep traveled to Burma within a week after Cyclone Nargis that devastated the country. Suthep was able to visit distant areas devastated by the cyclone and chronicled the suffering of people caused by the military government’s actions or lack thereof. His images bore witness to the destruction, torment, and despair not only caused by the cyclone but also exacerbated by the government.
In 2008 Suthep received the Days Japan International Photojournalism Award and was selected for the Best of Photojournalism award from the US-based National Press Photographers Association. His Mekong photo documentary was awarded a grant by the Blue Earth Alliance. After the 2004 Asian Tsunami, Suthep co-founded and worked as the Photo Director of InSIGHT Out! Photography Project. The project teaches children to document their lives through photography in tsunami-affected areas in Banda Aceh, Indonesia and Phang Nga Thailand. He is only the Asian Tutor for young Asian Photographers at the Angkor Photography Festival.
Suthep has exhibited his documentary photography in Thailand, Cambodia, China, Japan, Germany and France including; Siphadon Mekong Fishing Under Threat, Kuay and Elephants: Struggling for Survival, Life in Xinjiang, China and Hunters and Monk in Thailand.
Suthep’s images have been used by international and regional organizations for campaigns and education. The World Wildlife Fund, the International Rivers Network and Terra are using his photos from the Mekong project in their campaigns about the impact of the construction of local dams in Laos and Cambodia.
His cyclone Nargis work received the Days Japan International Photojournalism Award 2009 and be one of the finalist for 2008 Care International Award. [ TOP ]
Justin Mott is an award winning documentary, editorial, and commercial photographer and cinematographer based in Vietnam covering all of Asia and beyond for over a decade.
He has shot over 100 assignments for The New York Times covering a wide spectrum of topics throughout the region.
He founded Mott Visuals in 2009. Mott Visuals is a commercial photography and video production business bringing his editorial and storytelling background to the commercial market. Mott Visuals has offices in Hanoi, HCMC, and Bangkok.
Mott is also a TV personality and the resident pro-photographer and consulting producer on History Channel’s competition reality show Photo Face-Off. [ TOP ]
Olivier Nilsson was Deputy-Picture Editor at the Associated Press bureau in Paris where he worked for 18 years, and was the former picture editor at Onasia in Bangkok for four years. A long-time supporter of the Angkor Photo Workshops, he has been teaching at the workshop since 2006. As a respected picture editor he plays an important part in the often over-sighted important process of editing. [ TOP ]
Andrea STAR REESE