Phnom Penh Photo 2012
This photographer wants photography to take us beyond what the eye can see. He wants to expand our field of vision so that we can see the world, the real world, up close and differently. He therefore chose the panorama format which, when extended, enables him to capture in a single frame various features that conventional formats do not make possible to bring together. But since he doesn’t have a panoramic device, he put together a makeshift one by putting two pieces of cardboard over his lens. This way, he does not have to reframe his images when focusing. He gives us, night or day, the daily routine of Phnom Penh, in another approach of the city, mixing scenes with characters and views simply punctuated with the repetition of identical elements and he tells us about the urban space as it waits to be discovered. We just wish to go along with him with our eyes wide open.
Born in Cambodia in 1986, Hoeng Keomakara has been awarded a diploma in The Arts of Design (2009). Enthusiastic about photography, he entered Studio Images at the Institut français of Cambodia in 2012, and presented a personal exhibition in Tokyo in July called “The Human and the Waters.” Hoeng Keomakara won the photo competition of the Cambodian-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC) in both 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he won the ASEAN-Korea Multimedia Competition (Future Image) in Seoul, South Korea. He lives and works in Phnom Penh.
Photo Phnom Penh festival
From December 8 – 13, 2012