Main Projections at  Angkor Photo Festival © Montana Rakz

Main Projections at Angkor Photo Festival © Montana Rakz

Angkor Photo Festival has long been an open salon for Asian photographers. The free workshops at the festival are more than just a stepping stones for emerging photographers from the region, they have inspired and stimulated the practice of many. On one such meeting in 2008; an angst ridden conversation at Laundry Bar on the lack of space for emerging works from India both sealed a friendship and gave birth to blindboys.org. As the festival turns 10 this year Blindboys.org decided to talk to Françoise Callier, Angkor’s programme co-ordinator who works tirelessly behind the scenes with a surprisingly small yet efficient team (hey Jessica Lim & Tomás !)

 [Editor's Note : This part of a series of posts on the 10th Angkor Photo festival & workshops (29th November to 6th December 2014) and BlowUp ! 2014 (submissions open till Nov 16th)]

Blindboys : Enriching and nurturing emerging photographers from Asia has long been Angkor Photo Festivals’ cherished aim : How do you think the festival has enriched Asian photography in it’s 10 year history ? 

Françoise: I believe we have helped by being a bridge between continents for photographers and their work. It can sometimes be difficult for Asian photographers’ work to cross borders, and we help close the gap by giving their work more exposure internationally, through our own festival, and also through exchanges with other festivals and galleries.

Also, the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops has become a annual meeting place for many of the region’s photographers, and it feels like a big family. By helping one another, watching each other develop in their own photography over the years, and collaborating on projects, they have created a gréât sensé of community in Asia.

 

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Blindboys: In challenging times for professional photography, where do you see the future of the Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops?

Françoise: If it is becoming more difficult for photographers to have their work seen, then that makes our role even more crucial, and we will continue to help expose and highlight great photography, that will not change. We have been receiving more and more submissions every year, and also more work from Asia every year.

The other thing we want to do is to expand the scope of our professional workshops to include more participants, and also to offer more on-going support to the workshop alumni.

 

 

Blindboys: Can we expect something more for this years very special 10th Anniversary of the Festival?

Françoise: The first big new thing is that we are having a series of public exhibitions by the Siem Reap River, many of which have a strong environmental focus. The other thing is that we’re having two special showcase projection evenings.

The Impact Project’ is a themed evening that showcases photo stories about people and small organisations working to create a positive change. It is important to me to show these stories, because yes, there are bad things happening, but good things are happening too. I want people to remember that the actions of just one person can lead to a great change.

We are also having the Workshop Alumni Showcase, which will feature work from previous participants of our professional workshops. There will be a mix of some classic work, and also new projects.

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We will leave you with vignettes of Blindboys.org events at last years Angkor Photo Festival. Perhaps as gentle reminder that submissions to BlowUp 2014 ! are still open till November 16th.