PHOTO FEST UPDATE
Yumi Goto, an award-winning photo documentary project coordinator and curator, will feature heavily in this year’s beefed-up Angkor Photo Festival to be held in Siem Reap from November 20-27.
This week, festival organisers announced the launch of the Reminders Photo Project Grant for Asian Photographers 2011, a collaborative project by Goto and the Angkor Photo Festival.
For this year’s festival, Goto will also curate a special presentation of Asian female photographers working in their native countries, to be featured during one of the festival’s slideshow nights.
The deadline for submitting work for this presentation is August 31.
Goto has worked as the project manager and research and development director on numerous documentary photography projects about social issues in Asia, including AIDS in Cambodia.
She is a founder of InSight Out, a photographic training project for children affected by the 2004 tsunami in Aceh. Plus, in 2005, she was given the first Yayori Journalist Award (Women’s Human Rights Activities Award).
She launched and is editor-in-chief of pdfX12, a free photographic portfolio digitally distributed since 2007.
This year’s expanded week-long festival will feature 12 exhibitions and seven slideshow evenings at various locations in Siem Reap.
DASH FOR HASH
Siem Reap’s mad hashers are at it again, with the next Angkor Hash run being held this Saturday, starting at 3pm at the Victoria Hotel gathering point.
But be aware that despite popular opinion, the Hashes are not just about running and drinking. They are also about walking and drinking, the walking being a concession to the folly of running 10 kilometres in daytime heat.
Hanno Stamm, the general manager of the Victoria Angkor Resort and Spa Hotel, is responsible for creating the Angkor Hash, and he is pleased with the success of the run so far.
“About 100 people show up for the run, made up of Victoria Hotel staff and local expatriates who hear about it by word of mouth,” says Stamm.
The cost for taking part in a Hash, including snacks and all the beer you can drink, is a mere $3, and obviously Stammis looking for sponsors to help cover the cost. For more Hash details, contact Stamm on 017 780 611.