Simon Toffanello

Photographer in Cambodia

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I was born in Freeport, Bahamas, lived in Miami and spent my early childhood in Citadella, Veneto in northern Italy. In contrast from age 8 I grew up in Manchester England. On leaving high school in 80s Salford I trained and worked as a black and white darkroom printer and assistant interiors photographer. In the late 80s I moved to London to study a media and art foundation at the London College of Printing which led to winning a place at Central St Martins College of Art and Design's Fine Art Film and Video program. Through the 90s I made several analogue Super 8 and 16mm experimental short film narratives. My graduating film was further developed screening at film festivals in several European countries including the 1998 Brest European Short Film Festival winning an award for editing and sound, before screening at the London Film Festival of the same year. As it went I felt unsuited to the film industry and naturally turned to stills photography once again. In 1999/2000 I embarked on a backpacking road trip through South East Asia with an Olympus OM1n 35mm stills camera. The freedom of working solo with a stills camera combined with the alluring aesthetics of SE Asia inspired me to relocate to Cambodia in 2003. I have since been based in Phnom Penh, working as a freelance commercial photographer shooting assignments for a broad range of local and regional clients, advertising agencies, NGOs and travel editorials.

Clients include

Acleda Bank / Amanjaya Hotel / Amret Microfinance / Angkoriana Hotel / Angkor Beverage Co. Ltd / Angkor Palace Resort and Spa / Audi Cambodia / Axiata Group / ANZ Royal / BB World / Berry Apparel / Bougainvillier Hotel / Caltex / Cambodia Beverage Co / Cambrew / Celliers D'Asie / Chang Beer / DHL / FORTE Insurance / Fah Thai Magazine / Farmlink Kadode / FV Hospital / Harta Packaging Co Cambodia / heritage Line / Hello GSM / IBC - International Business Club / KFC / Lane Xang Beer / Liger Learning Centre / Malis Restaurant / MS Beverages / Nagaworld / Nokia / Pachem Dental Clinic / Pizza World / Princess Angkor Hotel / PTT / Red Apron / SE Globe Magzine / Silk Road Magazine / Tourism Malaysia / Topaz Restaurant  / Total Petrolium /  U-90 / Unilever / Vattanac Bank / Wing / Yellow Pages Cambodia 

Advertising Agencies: Ads Com / Alkemi / Asia Motion / Avalon / Bite Productions / Bates Asia / Brand Solution / Bokeh Cambodia / Cade Advertising / Kilat Events / Maxcomm / Moon Media / MSA / Ogilvy Action / Orange Brand Elements / Phibious / Red Dot / River Orchid / 391 Films

NGO: Asia Foundation / Bridges / Geres / Help Age International / International Peace Foundation / Plan / PSI / Red Cross Australia / World Vision / Youthstar.