The Twins by Cuong Do Manh. It was one of the works featured in the slideshows.
The 9th Angkor
Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia, highlighted promising talents from this region while promoting compelling photography.
FOR the last eight days of November last year, the elegant FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club) Angkor, on the banks of Siem Reap River, Cambodia, was the setting for the Angkor Photo Festival’s nightly slideshows.
The French colonial property, once a stomping ground for foreign correspondents, had been taken over by photographers showcasing their beautiful, haunting and powerful visual tales of the world around us.
On opening night, works from 23 photographers were featured, among them images of Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk’s funeral, sombre photographs of the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh (when a garment factory collapsed) and surreal shots of post Soviet high-rises. The night air was balmy with star-studded skies above as viewers sprawled on the grass or lounged on chairs, some chatting quietly, most gazing contemplatively at the screen. It was this magic of place and spirit that beckoned Che’ Ahmad Azhar to return to the festival for the second time.
“It is an amazing experience, you can hang out in the open air while looking at great photography. The environment is so beautiful and relaxed,” said the Malaysian photographer and lecturer.