Angkor Photo Festival: 3 Photographers You Should Know
by Celina Huynh
Angkor Photo Festival is the longest-running international photo event in Southeast Asia, and their 12th installment will be held the week of December 3 in Siem Reap. Over 130 photographs from over 45 countries will be on display along with photo workshops moderated by renowned photographers. Among this extensive display of images, we’ve selected three photographers who are all exhbiting works inspired by the land of the rising sun, Japan.
1. Shoji Ueda
Shoji Ueda is one of the most iconic names of Japanese photography and is known for his surrealist black and white photos. He passed away in 2000, but his legacy lives on at the Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography where over 12,000 of his prints are currently housed. The museum is located in his home town of Tottori, which appears as the backdrop for many of his images.
2. Taro Karibe
Japanese photographer Taro Karibe documented the strange, yet tender love affair between 61-year-old Senji Nakajima and his life-size doll Saori. Senji is married with two kids, but he lives away from home because of work. To fill in a void caused by loneliness, Senji purchased Saori but their relationship, like a normal human one, became more than just physical over time. Senji discovered Saori’s full and beautiful personality and has been living with her ever since.
3. Pascal Meunier
Pascal Meunier is a Paris based photographer notable for his rich and intimate documentation of foreign countries such as Syria, Yemen, Malaysia, and Thailand. For the Angkor Photo Festival, he is exhibiting Japan, Land of the Setting Sun, a work that touches on the peculiarities and eccentricities of the Japanese elderly.
For more information of the Angkor Photo Festival, visit their website angkor-photo.com.