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PHOTO OF THE DAY
Guy Tillim, Union Avenue, Harare, 2016 © Guy Tillim, and Stevenson Gallery
Guy Tillim, Union Avenue, Harare, 2016 © Guy Tillim, and Stevenson Gallery

In 1975, when Pol Pot’s army entered Phnom Penh, Mak Remissa was 7 years old. Like all the other residents of the capital, he was forced to leave Phnom Penh, which remained empty – except for a few people – until 1979, when the Vietnamese troops took over the city. The new masters, often very young people, dressed in black, told people to take only very few things with them since they would leave « only for three days » .  For the first time,the photographer who lost most of his family during the genocide and, like so many other survivors, had difficulty in talking about this tragic period, evokes the moment. By using paper cutouts, he reconstructs the scenes he drowns in a smoke haze, partially reversing the decor. A modest series, at the limit of black and white, he also remembers his first experiences with photography , when he dreamed of becoming a professional photographer and was learning photojournalism. Of which today he is the brightest representative in Cambodia.

FESTIVAL
Photo Phnom Penh 2015
From January 31th to February 28th, 2015
Institut français du Cambodge
218 rue 184 – Phnom Penh
Cambodia
+855 (0)23 213 124 / 125

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PHOTOGRAPHER
Mak Remissa

Mak Remissa was born in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in 1970. At the age of 5 he was forcibly removed, along with his family, by the Khmer Rouge to the province of Takeo. In 1995 he graduated in Fine Arts and Photography and his work soon appeared...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015
Message from the Artistic Director

The seventh edition of the Phnom Penh Photo Festival (PPP) is introducing two major changes this year while staying true to its original commitment of encouraging the cultural exchange between European and Asian artists and supporting the emergence of a local photography sce...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 : Reportage

There’s an immense installation by Corinne Vionnet on the wall of the French embassy. It’s hot out and the panels, three meters tall, are placed haphazardly against the wall. The text is lost between the Eiffel Tower and the Golden Gate Bridge, not far from Stonehenge...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 : Ruud Van Empel

It’s a world fully created from photographs through a very long retouching process of  images on a computer. As a digital painter, Ruud Van Empel invents a paradise inhabited by children, smooth characters, and “perfect” harmonic crowds.

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 : Chung Uong Chhor

Photographs are inventing and producing spaces. Photographs can interpret real places and create new ones, depending on the selected point of view. For his first exhibition, this young photographer from Studio Images decided to question the shape of the space by playing a game &n...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 : Emeric Lhuisset

To cover a conflict, it is not necessary to be ‘‘ a photojournalist’’ and to collect snapshots of action. Visiting  Maidan square, where protesters gathered in Kiev, Emeric Lhuisset wanted to both witness and try to understand  the motivatio...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 :
Ti Tit

Ti Tit  exhibits for the first time and his work is hard to describe. He photographs his environment, starting with himself, his family, and his trips, and he has a lot of fun doing it. He has also a lot of fun on his blog, where he writes in Khmer, English, and French depen...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 :
Harit Srikao

Harit Srikao is almost 20 and he has been a photographer since the age of 15. His first photography project is a way to get over one of the worst memories of his life: this good student, who takes evening classes, had to walk home at night when Bangkok’s streets were blocke...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 : Studio Images 2014

Established in 2009 following the first edition of Photo Phnom Penh at the French Institute of Cambodia, Studio Images is the only structure that continuously provides education in photography and image in Cambodia. Free, it is now run by two Cambodian photographers international...

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PhotoPhnomPenh 2015 : Zhang Kechun

While traveling along the Yellow River, Zhang Kechun is not interested in travel photography or in celebrating the ‘‘ River Mother of Chinese civilization’’. Instead, he has produced soft images with a large format camera, to evoke the excesses of nature c...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 : Alban Lécuyer

In Photoshop, Alban Lecuyer ‘‘restores’’ apartment buildings around the world: Cuba, Sarajevo today, and naturally in France. For his photography project, he showcases photos that vaunt the glory of buildings under construction. Playing with the aesthetics...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 :
Neak Sophal

This former student of Studio Images is seriously pursuing her exploration of contemporary Cambodian society. After a series of pictures in the countryside, in which she used the leaves of plants and trees to create portraits without faces in the landscape, she is now working in ...

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Photo Phnom Penh 2015 : Hicham Benohoud

This photo series consists of hilarious, absurd photos, that surprises us and make us laugh. They are, however, in the spirit of the work of Moroccan photographer Hicham Benohoud, an artist who loves to stage situations  and realized strange photos of his students posing in ...