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Cambodian photographs head to Paris


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PHOTOGRAPHS taken by two young Cambodian artists, Kim Hak and Sovan Philong, have been exhibited in the third international Photoquai exhibition in Paris  from September 13 to November 11.

According to the press release from French Embassy, Cambodian photographers Kim Hak and Sovan Philong were selected based on “their  photographic talent, and the work they have previously  showcased in the Photo Phnom Penh Festival”.

Photoquai aims to  promote the work of young photographers whose pictures have rarely or never been seen by French audiences.

Born in 1981 in Battambang province, Kim Hak is a graduate of the National Institute of Management, and worked in the tourism sector for several years before taking up photography in 2008.

After training  at Studio Image, set up by the French Cultural Centre, he did an internship at the Angkor Photo Festival in 2009. Now working for the Melon Rouge photo agency, a set of his photographs titled ON was shown at the Photo Phnom Penh festival in 2010.

Born in 1986, Sovan Philong lives and works in Phnom Penh. A photographer at the Post since 2009, he is also a member of Studio Image, and head of a training workshop at the Royal University of Fine Arts.

After twice exhibiting his work at the Photo Phnom Penh Festival, Sovan won the coveted Canon 2010 Photojournalism award at the Angkor Photography Festival.

Held every two years, the 2011 Photoquai exhibition includes more than 400 photos shot by 46 amateur and professional photographers from countries as diverse as Togo, Belarus, Brazil and Iraq.

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