Duch verdict

26 07 2010
Duch stands for the verdict

Duch stands for the verdict

After months of deliberation and years of wait, Cambodia has managed to obtain a slice of justice for the victims of the Khmer Rouge. Kaing Guev Eak otherwise known as Comrade Duch was found guilty by the Khmer Rouge Tribunal and sentenced today to 35 years in prison but will only serve 19 of them for time served and an illegal 5 year detainment.





The Love Issue

8 07 2010
Cover for Lift- Love issue

Cover for Lift- Love issue

Some photos taken from the Royal University of Phnom Penh for the Love issue of Lift Magazine which is a supplement that is targeted towards university students in Cambodia.

Cambodia’s oldest and longest university, the Royal University of Phnom Penh is a photographers dream to shoot. All of the buildings were constructed in the style of New Khmer Architecture which was an architectural movement in the 1950’s and 1960’s spearheaded by Vann Molyvann.

Check out Ka Tours for examples of New Khmer Architecture and if you are in town, book one of their tours or download a walking tour of central Phnom Penh.

The cover is above but I put a couple good ones below for your perusal.

Looks like a band cover

Looks like a band cover

On the bridge at RUPP

On the bridge at RUPP





Shooting the Chairman

5 07 2010

I had the opportunity to take a portrait of the new Post Media Ltd chairman David Armstrong in their offices a couple of days ago. It all came about with a phone call the previous afternoon I took from Rick, Photo Editor of the Post who called to inquire on lighting the office.

The shot he wanted was a bit tough in terms of lighting. A long office with lots of fluoro lighting along with lots of chairs and desks to throw wierd shadows all over the place. So we met up an hour before the chairman arrived to work out the placement of the lights.

After much trial and error we ended up with this setup.

Phnom Penh Post setup

Lighting setup at the Phnom Penh Post

PPP shooter Heng Chivoan gets the credit for shooting the setup and thanks go out to Rick for limping around (broken foot) to be my lighting model. Lighting Rick was pretty easy. A 250W mono in a softbox set up at his 2:00, a goboed Viv 283 at his 7:00 for a rim light and another goboed Viv 283 fired onto the whiteboard at his 11:00 just to fill in the shadows on the left side of his face.

Lighting the office was a different story. Its just too damn long. Luckily, there are windows that cover the east side of the office so it gave me enough ambient for the long office but in the office area that covers the Khmer edition of the paper, there is an indentation that gets no light. Hence the brollyed mono sitting on the left side of the pic above.

Once it was set up, all we had to do was wait for the chairman to show up. A quick coffee, cigarette (for Rick) to wait for David to show. We wanted to do two separate shots. The first would be during the daily story meeting which usually happens around 10:30 or so.

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

The second and also the one Rick ended up using was of the newsroom with people working at their desks.

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

Portrait of David Armstrong at the Phnom Penh Post

You can see the finished result here.

Since journalists want to be in the limelight and won’t ever admit to it, having a camera and lighting setup was putting a flame up in a room full of moths. So some goofy shots from the office.

Phnom Penh Post intern/multimedia specialist David Boyle

Phnom Penh Post intern/multimedia specialist David Boyle

Phnom Penh Post Khmer Edition Editor Kay Kimsong

Phnom Penh Post Khmer Edition Editor Kay Kimsong

Phnom Penh Post journalist Irwin Loy

Phnom Penh Post journalist Irwin Loy