We’re counting down the days till the launch of the 12th Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops! The festival gets underway on December 3rd, and we’re so excited about this year’s programme and our fantastic new projections venue. While continuing our commitment to nurture and promote the region’s emerging talents, our programme has something for everyone in Siem Reap. The annual event is divided into three main components – Angkor Photo Workshops; Anjali Photo Workshops; and the main festival, which is open to the wider community. Let’s break it down for you so you can start planning for it.
Angkor Photo Festival: Highlights
This year’s festival programme is jam-packed with a range of events for photographers, art-lovers and the general public. Running from December 3 to 10, the festival includes exhibitions, activities, discussions and projection evenings – all of which are free and open to the public. Come and join us!
New Festival Projections Venue
We’ve got a brand new venue for our daily projection evenings, thanks to Amansara Resort. The new space is situated between the Royal Riverside Gardens and Amansara Resort, reachable via Charles de Gaulle. Locals will know the space well – this is where the fire trucks are usually parked! We are incredibly grateful for this generous offer and the potential the space provides us. All our festival’s projections and many evening activities will happen here.
We’ve got six amazing exhibitions for you to enjoy this year. They’ll be held at different venues, so make sure you get along to all of them to check out these talented international photographers. They include a show from Magnum photographer Eli Reed and a retrospective exhibition from Japan’s late Shoji Ueda. Stay tuned for the full exhibition programme.
Our popular projection evenings are back and there is even more to look forward to this year. We’ve got some really special evenings planned for you at our new venue. The projections take place every night and includes the 2016 Guest Curator showcase, photography from the Anjali Photo Workshops, and the results of the Professional Workshops. We’ve also got some amazing presentations and guest speakers scheduled prior to each projection screening. For the first time, projections will also be introduced in Khmer to help make the event more accessible to Cambodians. (English language handouts will be distributed to all guests.)
The Impact Project
Returning for the third year, ‘The Impact Project’ is a special night dedicated to showcasing individuals, groups or small organisations making a positive impact on social or environmental issues from around the world. It is part of our projection programme, and will be shown on on December 5th.
Starting from December 4th, a line-up of international experts will offer free portfolio reviews for all attending photographers. A crucial way to receive professional feedback from industry leaders and seasoned photographers, the reviews begin at 10.30am and sign ups are on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration opens at 10am so come along with your portfolio to The Brothers at King’s Road Angkor.
Our afternoon sessions feature a variety of interesting talks, discussions and photobook presentations and are open to anyone interested. A big thank you to The Brothers, Kings Road Angkor for hosting them!
The professional workshops are a key component of the Angkor Photo Festival. Thirty photographers from all across Asia, who went through a stringent selection process, will take part in these exclusive workshops. They will each work on an individual project under the guidance of our six international volunteer tutors. Our emphasis is on education and these workshops provide valuable training and career advice. We are looking forward to seeing the works they produce during this year’s festival. A huge shout-out to Footprints Café on Street 26 for hosting the 2016 Angkor Photo Workshops!
Anjali Photo Workshops
Every year we get a glimpse of Siem Reap through the eyes of children. This unique perspective is thanks to the Anjali Photo Workshops, initiated in 2005 by Magnum photographer, Antoine d’Agata. For 10 days, the children of Anjali House will photograph their friends and family, their homes, their surroundings and anything that captures their interest. Children’s Day will happen again on December 7: come and take a look at their pictures!
We’ve still got a few weeks to go, so we’ll keep you posted with a full schedule of events with all the dates and times to help you plan ahead. We look forward to seeing you here!