Shots at the Independence Monument

23 04 2010

These were taken awhile ago but thought they were worthy of putting online. These were tester shots for an upcoming that were taken at the Independence Monument at sunset.
Rick Valenzuela and Maria Jarina were kind enough to come along and be my models.

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Overseas Press Club of Cambodia function

22 04 2010

If anyone is in Phnom Penh and is interested in chatting up with some former journalists and photographers that covered the Vietnam and Cambodia conflicts from the 1960’s and 1970’s, come to the Himawari Hotel around 7:30.

OPCC reunion flyer

OPCC reunion flyer





Press events gone by

21 04 2010

Around an hour ago, I received a very broad request for images and started looking through my image archives. While perusing through the photos, I started reminiscing about past events documented through my lens. I don’t really take many press photos anymore having diverted my focus to commercial and travel photography but working with the reporters and the camaraderie I felt with the other PJ’s working next to me is something I truly enjoy.
With that in mind, I have collated a few images that I have taken over the past 4 years.

First off is Mia Farrow’s failed attempt to place flowers in the Toul Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh. It was a complete media circus. About 30 or so photogs and equal amounts of journos. And in the middle of it all was Mrs. Chhay Channyda, working with the Cambodia Daily. Practically every shot I had was with her standing right next to Mia Farrow (she is to the right of Mia with a striped shirt on). Channyda is currently working with the Phnom Penh Post.

Theary Seng, Mia Farrow and Chhay Channyda

Theary Seng, Mia Farrow and Chhay Channyda

The second photo is of Mrs. Kuch Naren and James Welsh covering the 2008 National Elections. Both still kicking ass at the Cambodia Daily. Much love for Naren who quite possibly has the highest pitched voice in Cambodia and is also one of the best journalists I have had the opportunity to work with. As for James, well, he’s a dirty pirate hooker.

Kuch Naren and James Welsh

Kuch Naren and James Welsh

Third set of photos were taken during the first weeks of the border dispute at Preah Vihear temple between Cambodia and Thailand.
Below is Charles Fox, a UK based photographer that spends quite a bit of time in Cambodia. This trip was planned on a whim and took no less than 2 hours to prepare. On a side note, do not, never ever, go to Howies at 4 in the morning sober.

Charles Fox

Charles Fox

Charles posing for the camera

Charles posing for the camera

The third Preah Vihear photo is editor-in-chief of the Cambodia Daily Kevin Doyle, hanging out with some Cambodian soldiers.

Kevin Doyle, editor-in-chief of the Cambodia Daily

Kevin Doyle, editor-in-chief of the Cambodia Daily

The fourth set is another Preah Vihear themed set but taken 2 years later.

First is Rick Valenzuela aka Pretty Ricky. A former stills guy, he is now a full fledged video shooter working with the Phnom Penh Post.

Rick Valenzuela setting up a shot

Rick Valenzuela setting up a shot

The former photo editor of the Phnom Penh Post, Tracey Shelton is in the next shot, hamming it up for the camera. She is currently working in Iraq training photojournalists.

Tracy Shelton hamming it up for the camera

Tracy Shelton hamming it up for the camera

Heng Sinith is the focus of the next set of photos. A veteran agency shooter, Sinith has seen it all. He is also a bit eccentric which comes off in the photos.

Sinith singing in media tent at Preah Vihear temple

Sinith singing in media tent at Preah Vihear temple

Sinith in front of a very heavy police presence

Sinith in front of a very heavy police presence

Sinith carrying a very long lens at the first session of the ECCC

Sinith carrying a very long lens at the first session of the ECCC

Lastly are some various photos of different events and people.

Reuters photographer Chor Sokunthea at the Democrats Abroad 2008 Election party at the FCC

Reuters photographer Chor Sokunthea at the Democrats Abroad 2008 Election party at the FCC

John Vink from Magnum at the first session of the ECCC

John Vink from Magnum at the first session of the ECCC

Former editor-in-chief Michael Hayes at the first session of the ECCC

Former editor-in-chief Michael Hayes at the first session of the ECCC

Liam Cochrane and Peter Harris at a post-election Sam Rainsy Party rally

Liam Cochrane and Peter Harris at a post-election Sam Rainsy Party rally