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Young Cambodians in focus


Central Market, by Kim Hak. ©Kim Hak

PHOTO Phnom Penh is not only a free exchange between photographers and the public; it is also a dialogue between photographers from different parts of the world. Young Cambodian photographers are represented by 10 solo exhibitions around the capital this week, as part of a showcase of 23 Asian and European photographers.

Tith Narith at Java Café and Gallery. This young Cambodian has photographed playing cards, whenever and wherever he found them – abandoned, dog-eared, dirty, almost destroyed – after feverish bets and games.

Neak Sophal at Java Café and Gallery. She explores the daily lives of people living on barges on the outskirts of Phnom Penh.

Sovan Philong at Royal University of Phnom Penh. Phnom Penh Post photographer and Angkor photo festival winner Sovan Philong shows ghostly faces lit by their laptop computers in strong compositions exploring the intersection between youth and technology.

Sreng Meng Srun at Royal University of Phnom Penh. While tourists are generally considered necessary consumers, they are never asked to speak. His pictures of tourists are full of curiosity and humour.

Chhin Taingchhea at Royal University of Phnom Penh. His black and white photos give buildings of the Royal University of Phnom Penh an intriguing timeless character.

You Chamroeun at Royal University of Phnom Penh. By setting his lens in different angles on a building under construction on the edge of the Tonlé Bassac River, he offers us a reflection on the urban development of his country.

Siv Cheng at French Cultural Centre. The example of a passion coming to life and the discovery of the possibilities of expression by the means of photography. Cheng imagines life played out on a chessboard.
Kim Hak at The Mansion. Haunting photographs of landmarks around the city and people associated with them.

Heng Ravuth at XEM Gallery.  Nude, black and white self-portraits displaying rare power and the ability to shock and provoke.

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