Phnom Penh

Digital Divide Data photo shoot

I had the pleasure of shooting documentary stills this month for Digital Divide Data. The approach was a mix of staged and documentary photography for DDD’s future publications and websites -

“DDD delivers digital content, data, and research services to clients worldwide including research institutions, cultural heritage organizations, nonprofits, NGOs and commercial enterprises”.

DDD train students to work as researchers and image/document archivists. Their Cambodia head office and training center is based in Phnom Penh. There are also several rooms at Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum dedicated to archiving the images and documents that survived the reign of terror during the Khmer Rouge era of 70s Cambodia. Below are a few examples from the images I shot over the two days.

Chum Mey S21 Survivor

Returning to a work in progress portrait photography project Dreamyland with this picture of Chum Mey. Chum May is one of 3 left alive today of just a few who survived the infamous Phnom Penh security prison known as S21 during the Khmer Rouge era in 70s Cambodia. An estimated 20000 men. women and children were tortured at the former Phnom Penh high school in Tuol Sleng district, before execution at Chung Ek on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, one of the many killing fields found across the country.

Most days Chum Mey can be found speaking with tourists and selling his autobiographical book “Survivor” at the Tuol Sleng Genocide museum along with fellow survivor Bou Meng.

I came across this informative 2016 BBC article by Kirstie Brewer about the two survivors at S21.

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Silkwinds Inflight - Phnom Penh Cocktails

Another editorial shoot for INK Publishing and Silkwinds, Silk Air's inflight magazine. The article was written by Jamie Fullerton about Phnom Penh's trendy cocktail bar scene. The images were a mix of pop-up studio product photography, one light portrait photography and some event style shooting as well as some night photos. The five establishments were situated around the Bassac Lane and Toul Thom Pung market areas of Phnom Penh. Below are the tear sheets taken from the online publication (found here).

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Prudential print ads

Commercial print ads photo shoot for Prudential, shot at Plus Max studio in Phnom Penh. Agency Champagne, producer Piseth Chea, art director Sola Aurelien. This otherwise easy shoot was a nightmare, as the very young children casted, under 4 years old were completely unmanageable and cried the whole time.

What could have been shot in half a day went to about 10 hours + with little success when it came to the younger none talents. I managed to get hold of one of the final layouts pictured here. In the end we managed to capture a few good images with the very young kids looking good and happy. But haven't seen the final layouts yet. The young boy pictured here was excellent, he was about 7 years old.

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