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Venues readied for Angkor Photo Festival

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With his work titled Kabuki Players, renowned Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe looks at the theatrical, 17th century tradition from his own angle. This photo is part of the Labyrinth group exhibition by Tanto Tempo Gallery (Kobe, Japan) shown at McDermott Gallery from Dec. 1, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013. © Hiroshi Watanabe.

With his work titled Kabuki Players, renowned Japanese photographer Hiroshi Watanabe looks at the theatrical, 17th century tradition from his own angle. This photo is part of the Labyrinth group exhibition by Tanto Tempo Gallery (Kobe, Japan) shown at McDermott Gallery from Dec. 1, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013. © Hiroshi Watanabe.

With less than a month to go before the eighth Angkor Photo Festival kicks off, work is in full swing to prepare the ten exhibitions that will be shown at indoor and outdoor venues across Siem Reap.

This year's line-up will take visitors all the way from northern Ethiopia to the ‘intimate spaces’ of Latin America, from watching fishermen on the beguiling beaches of Bali, to scenes of life in India from more than 40 years ago.

A unique collaboration with the Tanto Tempo Gallery in Kobe, Japan, will also see a group showcase featuring both contemporary and classic work from six Japanese photographers.

Spanning different time periods, cultures, and photography styles, the program also includes several pedagogical exhibitions exploring a wide range of critical social issues.

The winner of the 2011 Reminders Project Asian Photographers Grant, Andri Tambunan, will be exhibiting his work on the severely under-reported HIV/AIDS epidemic in Papua, Indonesia.

The festival is also working with two major international non-governmental organisations to produce the exhibitions that will be displayed outdoors by the banks of the Siem Reap River.

The first is a specially-commissioned group exhibition by Greenpeace International, which will be shown for the first time at the festival and features projects in China, Thailand and India joining in the green energy revolution.

The other, by Laotian photographer Lam Duc Hien for Medecins du Monde, looks at violence against women in a project spanning seven countries.

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