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John McDermott opens new gallery

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McDermott at the ready. Photograph: Narisara Murray

John McDermott’s ever expanding empire has expanded again. He will open a new McDermott Gallery in the prestigious Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, and his iconic monochromatic photographs will be housed there when the gallery opens in August.

Raffles general manager Christian Sack  said he’s keenly anticipating the opening of McDermott Gallery at the hotel.

He added, “This hotel has been welcoming travellers for 80 years, and our story is inextricably linked to the story of Angkor. I am personally thrilled that John’s astonishing photographs of the temples will be on display for our guests.

“I think seeing the photographs here, in this entirely authentic setting, will enrich our guest’s experiences and their memories of Cambodia.”

McDermott, together with his wife, Narisara Murray, opened their first gallery in 2004. Two years later they launched their second gallery at FCC Angkor during the annual Angkor Photography Festival.

Meanwhile McDermott also continues with his endeavors to take his Angkor photos to the world.

He will shortly be travelling to Hong Kong for the opening on July 25 of Spirit and Stone, a new exhibition of his images of Asia at Hong Kong’s Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

As well as photographing Angkor, McDermott has travelled extensively through the region, and Spirit and Stone features photos of sacred monuments and rituals ranging from Yangon’s grand Shwedagon pagoda, the temples of Kathmandu, and the religious festivals of Bali. And of course photos of Angkor.

McDermott is becoming a regular at Sundaram Tagore galleries: last year he exhibited at the gallery outlets in New York and Beverly Hills as part of the promotional push for his book,  Elegy: Reflections on Angkor.

To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Olszewski at peter.olszewski@phnompenhpost.com

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