Man about town

Man about town

SOME of Siem Reap’s leading cultural identities are beating a path to New York.

Award-winning fine art photographer John McDermott is off to the Big Apple to attend the opening on June 9 for the latest exhibition of photographs from his book Elegy: Reflections on Angkor, at New York’s trend-setting Sundaram Tagore Gallery.

This follows his successful showing at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Beverly Hills in February.

The gallery, which also has an outlet in Hong Kong, was established in 2000, and focuses “on developing exhibitions and hosting not-for-profit events that engage in spiritual, social and aesthetic dialogues”.

America indeed has been kind to Little Rock, Arkansas-born McDermott, whose book was also recently listed as an editor’s choice on Oprah Winfrey’s website,

Meanwhile, Siem Reap fashionista Eric Raisina is now also a regular visitor to New York now that he has the support of Indagare’s regular fashion showings called Souks.

According to Vogue magazine: “ is an exclusive website that offers its members the chance to discover best-kept secrets from a host of well-traveled style arbiters.”

Raisina’s style has certainly been embraced and his work featured again in the Indagare Spring Souk held at the Taj Pierre Hotel on May 2 to 4. Incidentally, the Spring Souk also featured the work of Phnom Penh fashion identity Romyda Keth, a former designer at US chain store goliath Macy’s.

REPORTER Michael Sloan received an unexpected glimpse into the sleazy world of the notorious UK paparazzi over photos he took of Angelina Jolie in Siem Reap last week for the Post’s news section.

A celebrity photo agency, which also runs a paparazzi website, contacted him asking if they could onsell his photos, taking particular note that in one photo, Angelina Jolie was seen greeting her bodyguard by placing her hand on his shoulder.

The agency suggested there would be a far better chance of selling the photos if a story could be beaten up to say that Jolie was flirting with her bodyguard in Cambodia while hubby Brad Pitt was home in LA with some of the kids.

Little wonder many celebrities complain bitterly about such pap.

Happily, Sloan resisted the temptation, hence no stories have appeared in the tabloids about Jolie’s supposed “fling” in the Kingdom.

VIETNAMESE police last week asked the country’s highest justice office, the People’s Supreme Procuracy, to press charges against a former Vietnam Airlines employee for making flight bomb threats last year.

Thanh Nien News reports that according to investigations’ conclusions, Nguyen Bang Viet, 37, a former coordinator of the national carrier’s flight attendants, on November 9 last year texted some of the airline’s agencies, saying that

a customer carried a bomb onto a flight from Hanoi to Siem Reap.

This prompted the airline to delay the Siem Reap flight for over three hours for investigations, leading to losses of more than US$10,000.

But no explosive device was found, investigators said.

According to investigators, Viet made the threat due to “personal conflicts”.

THE next meeting of the Angkor Photo Club will be held on Tuesday May 19, at Peace of Angkor Tours, Street 20, Wat Bo.

The highlight of the night will be founder Dave Perkes’ presentation on “behind the scenes of a fantasy photo shoot at Angkor”.

Swiss photographer Andreas Gemperle organised a photo shoot with a female model “dressed in [an] array of spectacular clothing and stunning headdresses”.

Perkes promises: “I will be showing what went on behind the scenes and the stylish end results. It’s a fun thing to see and you might see a member of our team with some very interesting headwear.”

FANCY a mushroom durian cutlet concasse, grilled beef with durian-scented jus, or sago dumplings with durian syrup?

Check out the second annual Durian Festival at Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor. This innovative culinary event saluting the king of fruits is in its second year and takes the art of durian eating to new levels.

One of the popular features is a village-style durian stall in the hotel’s forecourt where Khmer customers can be seen lining up to buy delectable Kampong Cham durians for a mere $3 per kilo.
The Durian Festival winds up on Sunday.


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