Here is the names and also some biographical information regarding the various participants.
Olivier Adam, 38, has a special interest in Tibetan culture and Buddhism, especially the Kalachakra teachings that are regularly given by the Dalai Lama throughout the world. As a freelance photographer, his work on traditional Khmer dance and silk was exhibited at the Unesco Palace in Palace, and his images have been published in photographie.com, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times. Olivier Adam's next project is to produce a book and exhibition in time for the Dalai Lama's planned visit to France in 2008. He currently juggles his photography career with a job as a high school photography teacher in Paris.
Antoine d'Agata is a member of Magnum Agency. He studied photography at the ICP in New York in 1990 under Larry Clark and Nan Goldin. An adventurous spirit in search of himself and always on the lookout for new adventures, Antoine d'Agata invites us on a journey. He does not try to illustrate the world but rather shows how he fits into it. The lyricism of the presentation and the exaggeration of the situations force us to question the reality of what we see. His first book, "Mala Noche", was published in 1998, followed by Hometown in 2001, the year he received the Niepce Prize. "Vortex" and "Insomnia" were published in 2003, and Stigm in 2005.
Patrick Aventurier was born in Marseille in 1962. After he finished his studies at the French Professional Photographique School, he joined the Gamma agency in 1981, and began his photojournalism career in 1982. He covered many of the conflicts across the world: Cambodia, Lebanon, Somalia, Kosovo, Afghanistan. His various interests naturally lead him to specialize in reportage for top magazines, especially in Asia. His work has earned him numerous distinctions, including World Press Photo awards, two European Fuji Awards, and a Humanitarian Award from Unesco in 2002.
Tengku Bahar, 29, from Malaysia graduated in Visual Anthropology from the University of Virginia in 2001. After working at newspapers in Virginia and Texas, Bahar left for northern India in 2003 where he lived in Dharamsala. While there, he worked on an ethnographic photo project of the town, returning several times in subsequent years to continue working within the community. He is currently a staff photographer with Agence France Press in Kuala Lumpur.
Andrew Biraj, 25, is the first Bangladeshi to be selected as one of the participants in the Angkor Photography Festival's free workshops. After completing a photography diploma at the South Asian Institute of Pathshala, Andrew traveled through Bangladesh to pursue his own work as a photojournalist. In 2004 he finished his BA in photography on a full scholarship to the University of Bolton in the UK. Andrew's work has been published in The Guardian, The Observer Magazine, Courier International and many others, and he has also been recognised with a Bronze price in the 3rd China International Press Photo Contest.
Samuel Bollendorff, 33, a member of Oeil Public agency, specialises in social issues including health care, education, police forces, and prison conditions. His work, "Silence AIDS," a series of portraits presenting the social implications of AIDS, won the Hachette Foundation's special prize, and was duly noted by the Kodak Critics prize. In 2005, Samuel spent a year chronicling life in the suburbs of Paris for the French daily newspaper Liberation. Since 2006, a grant from the French Ministry of Culture has allowed him to work on "Forced March," a series on the forgotten of the Chinese economical miracle that was both exhibited at Visa pour l'Image 2007 and nominated for the Visa d'Or.
Liu Bowen started shooting his first photo essay at Christmas 2006 on Christianity in China. He graduated with a degree in Still Photography from the Beijing Film Academy, and worked at a daily newspaper for three months in 2006. Preferring documentary reportage rather than spot news, Liu Bowen has left the newspaper to freelance for the agency OnAsia.
Herve Bruhat, 44, was born in Paris and has studied both in France and in the US. A specialist in portraits, Herve joined Rapho Agency in 1992 and has since shot stylists, writers, actors, musicians, and many others for editorial and advertising purposes. From 1995 to 2000 he took a number of trips to India, Japan, Indonesia, China, and Europe to create a fresco of theatres of the world; this work will eventually be published in a book called Metamorphoses. He has also been commissioned by the city of Beijing to create a photographic portrait of the city as it emerges in the modern world, and was the first journalist allowed to photograph the singers of the Beijing Opera, living in their dormitory and sharing their daily life.
Toto Santiko Budi
Toto Santiko Budi, 33, started his photographic career in 2000 as a staff photographer at the Radar Surabaya newspaper in East Java. After moving to Jakarta in 2006, Toto joined JiwaFoto agency. In 2006, he participated in a workshop held by Panna and the World Press Photo foundation. He has been published in Koran Tempo, Playboy Indonesia, Snap, Gong, DestinAsia, The Australian, Bloomberg News, Stern, and Time.
Renee C. Byer
Renee C. Byer is a Senior Photojournalist with The Sacramento Bee and the recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her project "A Mother's Journey," an intimate portrayal of a single mother's emotional and financial struggles as her son battled neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. The story was also awarded the World Understanding Award and second place multimedia feature picture story at Pictures of the Year International 2007, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for feature photography, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and second prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. Also a picture editor and designer Byer is represented by Zuma Press photo agency.
Francoise Callier was born in Belgium and moved to Paris in 1983. As a press and public relations officer at 2eBureau for fifteen years, Francoise worked as an agent for photographers including Helmut Newton and Jean-Paul Goude. Her festival experience includes seven years working at Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan. A French correspondent for Corbis for three years, she has also spent time volunteering with disabled children and at a children's hospital. Currently helping the Kogi Indians reclaim parts of their ancestral lands in Colombia, Francoise is an frequent traveller who has visited Antarctica and subsequently authored stories about a mischievous King penguin called Lila.
Tiane Doan na Champassak
Tiane Doan na Champassak, 34, was born in Provence, France, but regularly travels to Asia, his father's birthplace, on assignment. His work has been published in Stern, Die Weltwoche, Geo, National Geographic, and Newsweek, and he's represented by Agence VU. Tiane has won several awards, including a Young Photographer Bourse in 1997 from the Hachette Foundation for his project "L'Inde: Berceau de la Civilisation Rom."
Thomas De Cian
Thomas De Cian was born in Italy in 1978. In 1999 he left his home country for Australia where he studied journalism at Griffith University. After graduating, his passion for photography and interest in understanding and reporting on different cultures brought him to Southeast Asia and he is been living in the region since 2002. His reportages focus on social and political issues throughout Asia and want to show the sheer humanity that can lie behind even the most unusual an desperate situations. It is in these very situations that the strength and the instinct of survival come out and by contrast men reveal their most human side and can even find the time for a moment of happiness. Thomas is currently based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Christine Cibert is a French art curator and a free-lance journalist. She majored in Japanese language and culture and in Art History studies at Paris University. Afterwards, she moved to Tokyo where she has been living and working for more than ten years, as an art dealer and a curator, organizing cultural events, exhibitions for painters and photographers into art galleries, cultural centers and museums in Japan and in France. She also has been writing on art, cultural and social subjects for French and Japanese newspapers and magazines : France-Japon Eco, Agence France Presse, Jipango, Wasabi, Les Voix, Cambodge Soir, Kateigaho International Edition, L'Art Aujourd'hui, Univers des Arts, Cahiers d'art and France Culture Radio. Since several years, she also has developed her activities to South-East Asia (Cambodia, Vietnam) .
James Whitlow Delano
James Whitlow Delano has lived in and documented Asia for a decade and a half. His work has been awarded internationally from the Alfred Eisenstadt Award (from Columbia University and Life Magazine), Leica Oskar Barnack, Picture of the Year International, Photo District News and others. His first monograph book, Empire: Impressions from China (Five Continents Editions) and work from Japan Mangaland have been shown at several Leica Galleries in Europe and Empire was the first ever oneperson show of photography at La Triennale di Milano Museum of Art in Italy. His second book, Gli Itinerari di Tiziano Terzani (Vallardi / Longanesi) will be released in the spring of 2008. His work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, National Geographic Books, GEO, Newsweek, Mother Jones, Time Asia, Internazionale, Le Monde 2 and others.
Agnes Dherbeys, 30, is a Bangkok-based French photographer and founder of EVEphotographers. She has mainly worked in Nepal, East Timor, Cambodia, and Thailand, with some experience in the Palestinian Territories and Israel. Her work has been published in Newsweek, Le Monde 2, Liberation, Publica, Marie Claire, and the International Herald Tribune, among others. In 2005, she won the the Foundation Lagardere grant, for her project in East Timor. In 2007, she won second prize in the Spot News category of the World Press Photo for her work on the Nepalese Popular Uprising against Absolute Monarchy. She is also one of the 12 participants of the Joop Swart MasterClass 2007.
Rian Dundon, 27, is a freelance photographer based in Changsha, China. He currently photographs for Pacific News Service and Bloomberg News Asia while he continues to research and photograph for a book about China's interior regions. In 2007, Rian received a grant from the Tierney Family Foundation and New York University to further this project. In 2006, Rian was selected as a winner for Magenta Foundation's Emerging Photographers 2006 book and exhibition. His work has appeared in The SF Chronicle, The South China Morning Post, The Prague Post, Rocawear Clothing, The City of Newark, and The International Center of Photography, and he's represented by Atlas Press in New York.
Claude Estebe is a French photographer and historian. He released "Les Derniers Samourais" in 2001. He is now associate researcher at the French National Library (BNF) and working on its Japanese collection.
Thierry Falise is a Belgian photojournalist based in Bangkok since 1991. He is a regular contributor (text and photos) to magazines and dailies such as L'Express, Le Point, Paris-Match, Le Figaro Magazine, Marie France, VSD, Grands Reportages, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and many more. In 2003, with a French colleague, he was arrested during a forbidden trip to the Laos jungle where he had met members of the abandoned Hmong community, once allies of the CIA during the Indochina war. Both reporters were sentenced to 15 years in prison but, thanks to a vast international solidarity campaign, were released after five weeks.
Adam Ferguson, 29, began his photographic career in 2001 by enrolling in a Bachelor of Photography at Australia's Griffith University. Adam graduated with a major in photojournalism in 2004 and was awarded a Peace Scholarship that sent him to document Peace Art Project Cambodia. This trip culminated in an ABC television story and an exhibition, "Aftermath." In 2006, he moved to Paris where he interned with VII Photo Agency. Adam's photographs have appeared in the International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Telegraph, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Australian. Currently based in New Delhi, India, as a stringer for Bloomberg News, Adam is also working under contract with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Ty Fischer / Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide Open Worldwide was founded to counteract the loss of ongoing arts education in public schools. Many children have little chance to learn about the arts-let alone develop their talent-yet studies show how vital arts education is to our children and their future. The children learn the basics of photography, the history or background of their subject, and then photograph the subject from their point of view, sharing the way they see things. Two photographs are selected from each child and printed to canvas, and the program culminates in a gallery exhibit and silent auction of the children's artwork. The gallery exhibits are designed to create a background environment that stimulates emotion and grabs attention. All proceeds from the auction go back to the children in the form of a scholarship, additional funding for arts education.
Olivier Follmi, 46, calls himself a "world photographer" and "travelling photographer," and has spent his career documenting Asia, with a special interest in the Himalayan regions. Each of his travels with his wife, Danielle, has resulted in a book of photographs and texts. They adopted four Tibetan children and have created an educational aid association in the Himalayas called HOPE.
Laura Lo Forti
Laura Lo Forti is an Italian freelance journalist and multimedia producer currently based in New York City. She worked as an editor in native Milan and wrote for leading Italian publications such as L'Unita', Diario, D di Repubblica before moving to the US, where she studied online journalism at San Francisco State University. She is currently working on online documentary projects with photojournalist Justin Mott, and photo-video journalist Brenda Ann Kenneally. Laura is involved in several projects that employ digital storytelling as a mean of engaging and empowering disadvantaged communities. Among her collaborations, the Center for Citizen Media at UC Berkeley, Story Corps, and the Center for Digital Storytelling.
Anne Foures, 37, is a French photographer who regularly conducts photography workshops. This is the second time she participates in the Angkor Photography Festival, and is this year coordinating workshops for street children schooled by the Angkor Photography Festival Association.
Philip Jones Griffiths
Philip Jones Griffiths photographed in Vietnam from 1966 to 1970 and became famous for his book on the war, Vietnam Inc. Out of print in a few weeks, Vietnam Inc. crystallized public opinion and was essential in shaping Western misgivings about the US involvement in Vietnam and ultimately helping to bring the war to an end. Jones Griffiths, one of the very few photographers with his own agenda, was able to concentrate on conditions behind the headlines, and Vietnam Inc. is also a documentary study of Vietnamese folk life. In 1980, Griffiths moved to New York to assume the presidency of Magnum, a post which he held for a record five years.
Tomasz Guzowaty, 36, graduated in law from Warsaw University, but has found success as a photojournalist who has won many awards. In the last eight years, he's received five World Press Photo awards, as well as recognition from Picture of the Year, Best of Photojournalism. His projects have documented isolated cultures and traditions with a special focus on sports; he also shoots nature photography.
Zhao Guomin, 57, a native of Luoyang, China, has been documenting change in rural Yuxi, Henan county since 1998. He has completed a visual record of over 1,000 households, the changes in their lifestyles, and a detailed itemization of their belongings. This documentary work, Rural Archives, was exhibited in 2006 at the Lianzhou International Photo Festival.
Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Jeff Hargrove grew up in Saudi Arabia and has resided in Paris since 1984. After studying lingusistics and then teaching for 7 years at the University of Paris, he decided to devote himself entirely to photography. For several years, he took portraits of artists, especially those from China and Taiwan, in Paris. After being exhibited in Paris, this work took him to Taiwan to continue his work at the request of the Taiwanese gallery, Dimensions. In 2002, he exhibited "A Song for You," portraits of Taipei's red envelope club divas. Exhibitions in France and Italy follow as well as a retrospective of all his work done in Taiwan, called "My Journery to an Unknown End" at the Kaohsiung Fine Art Musuem. He was cofounder and art director of happening magazine, which bridges cultures and continents through people who strive to make a difference in this world.
Ron Havivhas produced some of the most important images of conflict and other humanitarian crises that have made headlines from around the world since the end of the Cold War. A co-founder of VII, whose work is published by top magazines worldwide, he has published two critically acclaimed collections of his photography --Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul. With a special focus on exposing human rights violations, he has covered conflict and humanitarian crises around the world. His often-searing photographs have earned Haviv some of the highest accolades in photography. He regularly lectures at universities and seminars, and numerous museums and galleries have featured his work.
David Hogsholt, 32, is a Danish photojournalist whose work concentrates on social issues. Although he initially studied art photography, the experience made him determined to concentrate on photojournalism, so he moved to Arhus and attended at The Danish School of Journalism. After interning at Danish daily Berlingske Tidende, David began freelancing from his base in Copenhagen. He is a two-time World Press Photo award winner, a pick of PDN's 30 emerging photographers to watch, as well as the recipient of numerous other international awards in photojournalism.
Paula Holme is a Filipina art therapist with a multimedia background based in Paris. Born and raised in Southeast Asia, she has worked as a radio and television producer, and as a graphic designer. In France, her experience as a foreigner with a multi-cultural heritage led her to explore the arts as a means of universal expression and healing among peoples. Her most recent work involves outreach projects with street children and physically disabled adults in Cambodia wherein photography, painting, writing, movement and story telling are combined to promote empowerment and initiate change. She continues to be inspired by the power of the arts to transcend cultural differences.
James Zeng Huang
James Zeng Huang is a Beijing-based photographer for China Features for Corbis, which he founded. In addition, he has shot extensively for UNICEF since 1995, and is also a guest lecturer at the Beijing Film Academy. His images have been published in The New York Times, Newsweek, and The South China Morning Post Sunday Magazine, amongst others. Books include Life and Death in Bosnia and Herzegovia, and Handbook of Picture Editing. James' images have been projected in 2003 at Recontres d'Arles and at the 2007 Pingyao Photographic International.
Stuart Isett is a Swiss-born, American photographer based in Seattle, USA. After spending over a decade living and working in Asia and Europe, based in Bangkok, Tokyo and Paris, he moved to Seattle in 2006. His interest in Asia started in the early 1990s while working along the Thai-Cambodian border. He worked on a 3-year project on the city's Cambodian street gangs which was shown at the 2005 Angkor Photography Festival. Isett continues to work on documentaries in Asia and his work regularly appears in The New York Times, Time and Newsweek magazines among others. He is currently finishing a book project on Kyoto titled 'Kyotoland' which has been shown at the 2006 Reportage Festival in Australia, and at the Daegu Photo Biennale in Korea.
Sangeeta Isvaran is a dancer, choreographer and researcher from India. A passionate believer in the power of art as a dynamic and exciting medium to foster empowerment and social change, she has worked with many different underprivileged groups such as street children and refugees. Using a combination of arts classical, popular, martial, circus, Bollywood -from the different domains of dance, music, visual arts, poetry and literature, her work focuses on helping individuals express how they perceive their lives.
Kemal Jufri is one of Asia's leading Photojournalist based in Jakarta with more than a decade of experience covering Indonesia and Asia for major publications: Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, BusinessWeek, Stern, GEO France, Der Spiegel, El Mundo and many more. In 1998 his photograph was selected as one of Newsweek's Picture of the Year (POY) followed by a US News & World Report's POY (2000) and a TIME magazine's POY (2005). He has also won numerous awards and grants including two World Press Photo Grants (2004 & 2007) and two Awards from Pictures of The Year International (POYi) ( 2000 & 2007), Kemal has also participated in numerous photo exhibitions in Indonesia and overseas. Currently he is represented by Polaris Images in New York.
Co-founder of the Angkor Photography Festival, Gary Knight, 43, began working as a photographer in the late 1980s in South East Asia, embarking on a portrayal of the internecine warfare in a region coming to terms with the end of the Cold War. In January 1993, he focussed on the former Yugoslavia where he became involved in documenting war crimes during the civil war. More recently Gary has covered the invasion of Iraq, the occupation of Afghanistan, the civil war in Kashmir, and the Asian Tsunami. Cofounder of VII Photo Agency and the Chairman of the board, Gary is also co-founder of a quarterly publication called Dispatches with Mort Rosenblum and Simba Gill to be launched in Spring 2008.
Todd Krainin, tired of his job as screenwriter, upped sticks a few years ago and moved to Asia. His move coincided with the civil conflict in Nepal, where he documented the fall of the last Hindu king. Todd has since moved back to the US, where he works as staff photographer for The Imperial Valley Press, where he covers everything from illegal immigration and drug trafficking to bullfights along the border with Mexico.
Suthep Kritsanavarin, 36, is a Thai photographer who has spent the last fifteen years travelling throughout Asia to capture everything from remote ethnic groups to endangered wildlife. His first book, on the cultural heritage of the Khmer, was published in 2003, while his second book, examining the relationship between Thai elephants and their mahouts, will be published in Japan in 2007.
Srinivas Kuruganti, 40, has focussed his time on photography since 1996. His work focuses on issues affecting people in marginalised communities that face economic and social hardships in India. In addition to an ongoing project documenting the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Srinivas has photographed Tibetan settlements in Karnataka, manual laborers from the ship-breaking yards of Bombay and the coal mining villages of Dhanbad. The Dhanbad series highlights labor and living conditions in an area where the mining industry has transformed the landscape and caused high levels of TB and pneumoconiosis.
Simon Larbalestier, 45, has moved from album artwork for iconic rock bands like the Pixies, through international design and advertising, to a more documentary approach over the last 20 years. Simon graduated from the Royal College of Art, London in 1987. His current work involves several long term projects: chronic disability in Cambodia with the Cambodia Trust; children living with HIV in Thailand, supported by the Australian charity Born To Live; and the daily struggle of Khmer and Thai nationals, especially the elderly, the underprivileged and the disabled. Based in Bangkok, Simon is represented by Anarchy Images in New York.
Sung-Eun Lee, a graduate of Ewha Woman's University Graduate School of Design in Seoul, has spent more than five years working on her story about female divers. She has already been exhibited several times and has published a book, Women Divers in U-do. From 2004 to 2006 she worked as a photo researcher for The Group for the People Without History in the 20th Centruy.
Eric Leleu, 28, is a French artist who focuses on individuals and their place in society. After completing a personal project in 2004 while working as international sales manager at Sipa Press, he upped sticks and moved to China in January 2005, where he is based in Shanghai. His first exhibition, a series on the significance of the colour red in Chinese culture, was held at the Royal Meridien hotel in Shanghai. He says that his photographs "mix poetical aesthetics with messages tinged with humour and irony."
Christophe Loviny, co-founder of the Angkor Photography Festival, is a photojournalist and editor. A specialist of Southeast Asia for over 25 years, he was based in Angkor from 1989 to 1994. His work on Cambodia has been published in The Sunday Times Magazine, Asiaweek, Geo, L'Express, Paris-Match, Stern, Le Figaro-Magazine, etc... He is the author of several illustrated books, one of which is "Les Danseuses SacrA©es d'Angkor" (Seuil), a collection of texts and photographs on the identity of Cambodia. His latest book is "Cuba by Korda" (Ocean Press).
Azhar Mahfof, 29, is Malaysian press photographer working for the English daily, The Star. After graduating in 1996 from the Photo Art Institution, Kuala Lumpur, Azhar's first job was with a now defunct Malay tabloid Watan. In 1999, he joined an English daily, The Sun. His photos have won him several awards, including 1st Prize in Best Media Photography in the 2005 Malaysian Press Institute Award and a Merit Prize in General News and Spot News in the 2006 Asia Press Photo Contest. A participant in the Angkor Photography Festival's free workshop in 2006, Azhar won the 2007 Publish Asia Gold Award in the Best Newspaper Photographer category and a 2007 Malaysian Press Institute Award for the photographs he shot during the workshop.
Rafiq Maqbool, 30, works for the AP documenting conflict regions and areas under strife. A native of Kashmir, India, he has covered the disputed land since 1996, as well as the Bangladesh flood of 2004, the Afghanistan conflict, and the tsunami-hit area of Sri Lanka in 2005. Rafiq has won numerous national and international awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award, Honorable Mention in 2000, and Third Place in the World Press Photo's General News category.
Palani Mohan, 40, was born in Madras, India, and moved to Sydney with his family in 1979. After working for Sydney Morning Herald for fifteen years, Palani moved to Asia in 2000 to freelance. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Palani has published three books, Hidden Faces of India, Hong Kong Life, and Vanishing Giants: Elephants of Asia. Of his most recent book, Palani writes, "I hope that it will stand as a record of an amazing species which is ever more imperiled by the loss of habitat and by human neglect."
Andrew Moore has spent the last twenty years shooting current affairs, and has worked for most of the world's major news and business magazines. He has been awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Great Britain, and the Mother Jones Award for Documentary Photography for his work in Northern Ireland. At the moment he is concentrating on stories in Asia and a project relating to his roots in the north east of England.
Justin Mott is a native of Rhode Island and has a journalism background from San Francisco State University. In university Justin received the Greg Robinson Memorial award given to the College Photographer of the Year for San Francisco and the Bay Area. He has worked on and off in Cambodia and Vietnam since participating in the VII workshop with Gary Knight in 2005 in Siem Reap. In 2007 Justin was accepted into the Eddie Adams Workshop in New York. Justin is currently based out of Hanoi working for World Picture News and OnAsia taking on assignments and working on long-term documentary multimedia projects with business partner/producer Laura Lo Forti.
Wawi Navarroza is a Filipina photography who graduated with a BA in Photography from De La Salle University in Manila. Her work has been exhibited in Manila, Malaysia, Cambodia, the Netherlands, and Russia, and she has received awards in both the Philippines and abroad. Art books Delve: An Exploration of Visual Culture, EPIX Best Images 2005, and Noorderlicht: Another Asia all contain samples of her work. Wawi's most recent exhibit was a collection of new works entitled "SANTA FRIDA: 100 Anos Entre Nosotros/100 Years Between Us," an homage to Frida Kahlo's birth centennial at the Instituto Cervantes de Manila.
Roland Neveu is one of the few reporters who witnessed the fall of Phnom Penh in 1975. For two decades, he covered hot spots like the first Soviet POW in Afghanistan, the siege of Beirut, war in Lebanon, El Salvador's bloody feud, the NPA struggle in the Philippines and the fall of its dictator, Ferdinand Marcos. He also photographed the first images of AIDS in Uganda, shot TV stories on Aids, the Touareg rebellion in Mali and Kurdish refugees (Turk-Irakian border). In the late 1980s, he began working on film sets as a stills photographer for directors like Oliver Stone, Brian de Palma, Ridley Scott and Matt Dillon, whose film, "City of Ghosts" was shot in Cambodia. Neveu's book, "Years of Turmoil", relates 30 years of covering Cambodia.
Patrick de Noirmont
Patrick de Noirmont is part of the group who created the photo-agencies AFP and Reuters. While based in South Africa and Southeast Asia for over 10 years, he covered the Russian troops' retreat from Afghanistan, the Gulf War in 1991, the transition of South Africa from apartheid to the election of President Nelson Mandela and the arrival of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This year, he worked on the consequences of the tsunami in Thailand for the German magazine Stern. He lives between Paris, where he works for AP, and Bangkok, where he is associated with Onasia.
Altaf Qadri, 31, was born in Srinagar, the summer capital of Kashmir, and received his bachelor's degree in science from Kashmir University. Altaf first trained as a computer engineer before making photography his profession. Growing up during times of mass uprisings against Indian rule, Qadri personally witnessed the turmoil and realized that a camera can serve as an important tool to give people a voice. In 2001 he began his photojournalism career working for local daily newspapers, and joined the European Pressphoto Agency wire service in 2003. He has been covering the Kashmir conflict extensively for several years and hopes his pictures convey how the instability in Kashmir affects all aspects of life.
S. Smith Patrick
S. Smith Patrick is a documentary filmmaker whose projects focus on human rights and indigenous cultural issues. Her award-winning film A“The Children of Ibdaa: To Create Something Out of NothingA” explores the lives of Palestinian refugee children who perform in a dance troupe to express the history and aspirations of the Palestinians in a non-violent way. Her current project, A“Seeing Siem ReapA”, chronicles Cambodia street children as they transform during a photography and dance workshop and explores the affects of tourism and colliding cultures that surround Angkor Wat.
David Dare Parker
Australian David Dare Parker has photographed for national and international magazines throughout Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Australasia, including LeMonde, Stern, L'Express, Focus, The Bulletin, The New York Times and Time. The Walkley Award-winning photographer has recently covered East Timor's struggle to gain independence and Indonesia's first steps towards democracy. In January 2002 he was asked to co-ordinate a safety awareness course for Afghan Journalists in Peshawar, Pakistan for the International Federation of Journalists. During 2003 he was the Official War Photographer for the Australian War Memorial during Operation Falconer in the Middle East, the first time a photographer had been assigned by the AWM since the Korean War. He is a Director of FotoFreo Photographic Festival in Fremantle, Australia, and is currently on the Walkley Awards Advisory Board. He is represented by °SOUTH in Australia and OnAsia Images in Thailand.
Markel Redondo is a freelance photographer represented by WPN and is based in Dalian, China. He has recently been nominated to take part in the Joop Swart Masterclass and is also one of the finalists of Photo Espana 2007. With a Masters degree in Photojournalism, Travel and Documentary Photography from the University of Bolton, Markel has won the Traspasando Fronteras award in Spain in 2006, and the UK's AOP Student Award in 2005. His work has been published and exhibited in various international publications and galleries.
Martin Reeves, has been held by Asia in a spell for two decades. Being a passionate photographer he sought a film that could portray Asia as to how he had envisioned it, in an enchanted and mysterious way. His quest began in India in 1986, when he set out with some infrared b/w film. The images that appeared revealed a hidden realm. He became captivated, bewitched and intrigued by the notion of infrared light (which is invisible to the naked eye) manifesting into photographs. Its dreamlike look seemed to uncover a dimension that really does exist beyond the confines of our visual spectrum.
David Samuel Robbins
David Samuel Robbins, 52, a Seattle-based photographer and guide, specialises in projects concerning remote indigenous cultures and adventure travel. His book, Himalayan Odyssey: A Visual Journey Across the Great Range, was the culmination of ten years' work and over two thousand miles of trekking through the Himalayan region. In addition to working on assignment for The New York Times Magazine, Men's Journal, Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and National Geographic Adventure, David has also led trips for National Geographic Expeditions in Tibet and Bhutan.
Isabelle Rodker is a London based arts therapist specializing in Dramatherapy and theatre to promote social and personal change. She works in the public and private sector for a wide range of populations that include women and families suffering from domestic violence, children with special needs, adolescents with difficulties and adult offenders. A pioneer of arts therapy projects with vulnerable people in the UK and overseas, she is heartened by the transformation that takes place as the relationship between a person and their suffering changes. Isabelle is impassioned and humbled by the power of drama to give marginalized groups a voice and to enable individuals to express what has felt inexpressible.
Florian Ruiz teaches at the French International school of Tokyo. He made a first project on the inhabitants of a cemetery in Cairo. He also took pictures all over the Middle East, particularly in the Sabra and Chatila Palestinian refugee camps in Beirut with the support of the UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East). He also carried out a documentary in Lebanon about the violent Shiite festival of Ashurah (commemorates the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali). He spent time on areas in Bangladesh threatened by shipbreaking. He is currently working in a copper mine town in Mongolia. Dream Hotel has been presented last year in "Chroniques Nomades" festival in Honfleur.
Hans W. Silvester enjoys capturing the elusive, the fleeting moment -the expressions on the faces of the proud Gypsy people, the men on the petanque grounds in the south of France or in the course of his many reporting journeys. Whether the subject is an animal in flight or an animal at rest, he is a skilled observer, who knows how to wait and to choose the precise moment to "freeze" the water as it flows from the spring.
Goksin Sipahioglu, 81, founder of Sipa Press, has covered stories ranging from communist Albania, the Cuban missile crisis, and Mao's China to Munich's tragic Olympic Games. Sipahioglu began his career in 1952 as a sports reporter for Istanbul Ekspres, and was named general manager of Vatan in 1960. He modernised the Turkish press by promoting photographs to the front page and accelerating the newspaper printing process. After working as Hurriyet's France-based foreign correspondent, Sipahioglu founded the agency that bears his name in 1969. Under his leadership as director, Sipa Press became the top photojournalism agency in Europe. His awards include France's Legion d'honneur, Knight and Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, and Turkey's most prestigious award for distinguished work abroad.
Vincent Soyez is a French photographer based in New York. After working more than 10 years in Paris he moved to the United States to work in commercial photography. He shoots fashion, portraits, music album covers and contributes to magazines such as The Source, Zink, Complex, Interview, GQ, ESPN, FHM and Fortune. Recently he started to travel to Cambodia to develop a personal body of work that will be presented during the festival.
Born in Thailand, Adisorn Srisaowanunt, 32, developed an interest in photography while studying architecture. His personal work is devoted to documenting the fragmented, unfinished meaning in life. Last year Adisorn participated in the free workshop of the Angkor Photography Festival, working with Antoine d'Agata and Sherman Ong. Currently he is a lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Silpakorn University in Thailand.
John Stanmeyer is a co-founding member of VII and a contract photographer with Time Magazine since 1998. Presently living in Indonesia, this American has spent over seven years focusing on Asian issues. Over the last five years, he has been working on a book about AIDS throughout Asia, while at the same time continuing his photographic documentation for another book on the radical changes in Indonesia since 1997. Stanmeyer has received numerous awards, including the Robert Capa, Magazine Photographer of the Year, World Press and Picture of the Year.
Sean Sutton, 43, started working as a freelance photographer in 1988 and has travelled to Burma, the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Angola, Albania and Laos for publications around the world. Sean also regularly worked with aid agencies covering a range of aid and development themes. In early 1997 Sean was invited to join MAG (Mines Advisory Group) as a permanent member of staff, where he is currently Photographer and Overseas Information Manager. He has recently published a photographic book titled Angola: Journey Through Change with Dewi Lewis Publishing, has had work widely exhibited, and has won a number of international awards.
Ambroise Tezenas, 35, graduated from the Ecole d'Arts Appliques de Vevey, Switzerland, in 1994. Settling first in London and then Paris, he was a member of Agence Editing from 2000 to 2002, and now works regularly for both French and international press. In 2002, he turned towards advertising projects and at the same time pursued personal word on "Mise en Scene" and landscapes. In 2004, he co-founded the independent photographic association Think Pictures, and in 2006 received the Leica European Publishers Award for his book "Beijing: Theatre of the People".
Hazel Thompson is a British photojournalist based in London, working freelance for editorial, commercial and charity assignments worldwide. Her reportage work centres on social issues, identity, and religion and humanitarian subjects. Her images are published internationally in The New York Times, Time, Sunday Times Magazine, Days Japan, Sondag, and more. Hazel has gained recognition for her work by winning a number of awards, most recently for her images of children illegally imprisoned in the Philippines called "Kids Behind Bars", which won The Observer Hodge Award and CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage at Visa pour l'Image.
John Vink studied photography at the fine arts school of La Cambre in 1968 and became a free lance photographer in 1971. He joined Agence Vu in 1986 and was awarded the E. Smith Prize that same year for his work Water in Sahel. Between 1987 and 1993 he worked on a project about refugees in the world, which was exhibited at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris. He was nominated at Magnum in 1993 and became a member in 1997. He is now based in Cambodia, a country he visits since 1989. He has published "Refugies", "Avoir 20 ans a Phnom Penh" and "Peuples d'en Haut", a book about people with a strong cultural identity living in the mountains of Laos, Guatemala and Georgia. His latest book, "Poids Mouche", is about Khmer boxing.
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Dr Vivek M, 29, quit medical practice as a surgical resident at a corporate hospital in Bangalore, India, to follow his passion for photography, in 2004. Having left a noble profession he was inclined to make his photography contribute to society just as his practice would have done. He has completed essays on diseases such as multiple sclerosis and the lives of scavengers, and is currently shooting a story on quarry workers. As a regular contributor to Housecalls magazine, he shoots portraits doctors and social workers who contribute to the society. He also writes and photographs for Outlook Traveller Guides.
Munem Wasif, 24, is a documentary photographer from Bangladesh. A graduate of Pathshala, the South Asian Institute of Photography, he started his career for the Daily Star, the leading English daily of Bangladesh. He now works with DrikNEWS as a staff photographer. Wasif's prime area of interest revolves around socio-political documentaries. His photographs have been published in Le Monde, Himal Southasian, Asian Geographic, Issue Magazine, Zonezero, Forum, pdfx12, and Daily Star. In 2007, Munem was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in the Netherlands. He won an Honorable Mention in the 2007 All Roads Photography Program by the National Geographic Society and First Prize in the Konkurs Fotografii Prasowej for his extensive work on tea garden workers.
Christopher Wise, 46, decided he needed change of pace from his job as graphic designer in New York, closed his design studio, and moved to Bangkok five years ago. As well as shooting editorial assignments for travel magazines, Christopher has also been pursuing personal stories on the effects of tourism on locations where tourists and locals coexist on an ongoing basis. His images have appeared in Esquire, GQ, Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller, Gourmet, Departures and Men's Vogue.
Huang Xinli, 46, is a Xinjiang-born freelancer who started his career as a photographer in the People's Liberation Army in 1977. His work has since been published in Civilization magazine, National Geographic China, and Reader's Digest. Huang Xinli has been been exhibited at UNESCO in Paris in 2005, and also at the Pingyao Photographic International with "I Saw Your Salvation -Catholicism in Northwest Chinese Countryside."
Michael Yamashita began taking pictures in 1971 while on a trip to visit his roots in Japan. A regular contributor to National Geographic since 1979, Michael has concentrated much of his work on Asia and has lived in Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Japan. He has worked for National Geographic in such wide-ranging locations as Somalia and Sudan, England and Ireland, and New Guinea and New Jersey. His most recent books are The Mekong: Mother of Waters and Marco Polo: A Photographer's Journey, and he has been widely exhibited, including at the National Gallery of Art. Now based in New Jersey, Michael is a frequent speaker and instructor and photographic seminars.
Chris Yap, a fine-art, editorial and commercial photographer, has taught photography at several educational and corporate institutions around Asia Pacific, including Nanyang Technological University, where he currently lectures part-time. He has also been a part of judging panels for international photography competitions in Japan and Singapore. Chris's work has most recently been shown at Singapore's inaugural Biennale in 2006.
Dar Yasin, a native of Kashmir, first studied computer science in Bangalore but switched tacks to become a videographer for the Associated Press Television News' Kashmir bureau. In 2003 Dar became focused on shooting still images, and covered the Kashmir conflict and the South Asia earthquake, contributing to AP and OnAsia, a Bangkok-based news agency. Yasin's work has appeared in numerous leading international publications including The Washington Post, New York Times, Time Magazine, Match du Monde, Der Spiegel, The Telegraph, The Observer Magazine. He has also been recognised for his work in the 64th POYi competition, in the India Press Photo 2006, and in China's Humanity Photo Awards 2006.
Laurent Zylberman started photography when staying in London for a French punk-rock magazine. Later on founded the Graphix-Images photo-agency in Paris. With an angle on environmental concerns, the human dimension of his work has come to prevail. Based in Taiwan for 5 years, then Mexico for a further 5, Laurent stringed for Sygma from 1981 to 1997. He has contributed to various local and international publications with wide-ranging topics such as the solar eclipse in Mexico, Kolkhozes in Turkmenistan, Vietnamese boat people, Muslim boarding schools in Indonesia, democratization in Mongolia and Alaskan oil-riggers. He is now based in Paris to work on/with segregated people, along at his daily photo diary.