The Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops launched its first iteration in 2005 with the aim of providing an affordable and accessible educational and professional platform for the region’s emerging photographic community. We have maintained this mission ever since, even as we adapted and evolved alongside the community we serve.
Now Southeast Asia’s longest-running international photography event, we believe in the importance of supporting the vibrant and dynamic photographic community in Asia. We do this by creating a welcoming and safe space for lens-based practitioners in the region to access to professional development and educational opportunities, and by actively seeking and promoting Asian contributions to the medium and language of photography.
Through our annual festival programme and workshops for Asian photographers, we became established as a key gathering space for the close-knit network of workshop alumni and other festival participants which formed over the years. Many would also return to become involved as volunteers, curators and mentors.
We believe solidarity, a sense of community and access to peer support are essential components in facilitating the creation of impactful work, especially in a region which is experiencing a rise in autocracy, where journalists and artists alike are seen as threats to the state in many countries.
In 2018, key members from our community of tutors, alumni and festival veterans came together to form a new Asian-majority organising committee. The diverse 13-member committee, created simultaneously with Jessica Lim stepping in as the new director, comprises of six alumni from our professional workshops. This reflected an organic evolution and brings us closer to our goal of a self-sustainable model led by Asian photography professionals.
Our pre-pandemic programme consists of professional workshops, public exhibitions, projection evenings, portfolio reviews and artist talks. Following the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we adapted our programme to be presented completely online for our 16th Edition. In 2021, our organising committee reassessed our priorities to focus on meeting the needs of our community during an unpredictable pandemic, pivoting from an event-based model to a series of online activities aimed at providing professional support and creative motivation.
We are grateful to be hosted in Siem Reap, Cambodia, a region with immense historical significance and home to the magnificent Angkor temples and successive capitals of the great Khmer Empire.
The Angkor Photo Association is a non-profit cultural association registered under 1901 Law in France. All our events are free to attend, and open to the public.
- To be non-commercial and accessible to all
- To be inclusive and open to all forms of photography, with an autonomous approach to fostering meaningful photography.
- To adhere to a horizontal organisational structure with an emphasis on the collective
- To be socially responsible actors in the community of Siem Reap.
OUR FOCUS AREAS
- Professional education and development
- Promoting Asian contributions to photography
- Fostering collaboration, exchanges and solidarity
- Creation of a self-sustainable model led by Asia’s photographic community
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
Kim Hak’s work brings together storytelling and artistic aesthetic. Hak has focused on several themes including survivor stories, the funeral of King Sihanouk, architectural documentations and also the changing landscape of his homeland. His work has been featured at many art and photography festivals and exhibited in Europe and all across Asia. In 2011, he won prize “Residency Program” of Musée du quai Branly, Paris and second prize of Stream Photo Asia in Bangkok.
Roun Ry’s photography interest began when he first participated in the annual Anjali Photo Workshops in 2010. Ry has built a photographic identity through familiar themes, documenting, mainly in B&W, the daily life of poor families, living in slums in the outskirts of towns or in rural areas of Cambodia. His works has been shown in selected festivals such as Tbilisi Photo Festival and Indian Photography Festival.
Sohrab Hura 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 wildlife filmmaker. Today he is a photographer, after having completed his master’s in economics. In 2014, he was named a nominee of Magnum Photos.
Dennese Victoria (1991) is a visual artist based in the Philippines. Working across photography, moving image and installation, her work touches on truth, memory and personal history.
Mainly focused on environmental, social and political issues, Ian Teh explores society’s history and transformation through human action and impact. He has published three monographs, Undercurrents (2008), Traces (2011) and Confluence (2014). His 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. Teh is a member of Panos Pictures agency.
Co-founder of the festival, Jean-Yves Navel is a graduate of Fine Arts in Lyon, France. After a career in international business in Africa, Argentina and the Caribbean, he moved to Cambodia, where he has lived since 1998.
Magnum Photos Profile
Finding himself in New York in 1990, Antoine D’Agata pursued an interest in photography by taking courses at the International Center of Photography, where his teachers included Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. Photographer of wanderings, social margins have always been the driving force of his creativity. 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. Since then, he continued to publish regularly books. In 2004, D’Agata joined Magnum Photos.
Neak Sophal is a conceptual photographer and considered as one of the emerging talents of the Cambodian art scene. Her works highlight social issues and specificities of the Cambodian culture, with a strong focus on the stories and memories of her models. Trained as a graphic designer at the Phnom Penh Royal University for the Arts, she always prepares the composition of her photographs by asking the model to pose, sometimes with specific objects.
Training at Institut Francais du Cambodge, Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops and other workshops, Sayon Soun discovered a deep interest for photography in 2008. Soun is now a professional photographer passionate about storytelling through documentary, conceptual and artistic work.
Sim Chi Yin
Sim Chi Yin focuses on history, memory and migration through the mediums of photography and new media. The Nobel Peace Prize photographer for 2017, her photo and video work has been exhibited in museums, galleries, and photo and ﬁlm festivals in Asia, the United States and Europe. She does commissioned work for global publications, such as The New York Times Magazine, Time, National Geographic, The New Yorker and Harpers. Chi Yin was, among others, the inaugural 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.
Alternating between news reporting and long-term personal projects, Kosuke Okahara 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, among others several awards and grants.
Andrea Fernandes is a photographer and writer from Bombay. She has a Master’s Degree in Photographic Studies from University of Westminster, London. Her personal work mainly stems from a long standing interest in theconstruction and representation of gender and sexuality. Since 2012, Fernandes has worked as a curator of photography and has been involved in various endeavours aimed at creating an active photographic community in the city with initiatives like Open Show Mumbai. In 2015, Fernandes, along with 4 practicing photographers, founded BIND, a photography oriented collective.
Françoise Callier has made it her life mission to promote and highlight photographic talent, she is now curator for many photography festivals around the world. Previously, she worked for 15 years at 2e Bureau as a photographers’ agent, working alongside Helmut Newton, Jean-Paul Goude, Max Vadukul and many others. Together with Sylvie Grumbach, she handled the press promotions of Visa pour l’image in Perpignan, France, and was also the French correspondent for Corbis from 1995 to 1998.
Jessica Lim is currently the director of Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops. She has spent the most part of her professional career, working to support visual storytellers from the majority world. Prior to joining APFW in 2010 as a volunteer, she served as an picture and news editor with Drik Picture Library in Bangladesh, as well as the photographer liaison for Majority World, an agency which advocates for equal opportunities and representation in response to Western hegemony over global media.
She graduated in 2006 with a degree in communications studies from the Nanyang Technological University of Singapore and worked briefly as a writer and photographer for local editorial publications. Jessica is currently based in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where on any given day there is a good chance of meeting water buffalos.