The Hei Neak Ta – or procession of the spirits – marks the end of the celebrations of the New Year for the Chinese community of Phnom Penh.
For the occasion, thousands of people flock into the streets and participate in a colourful and extravagant procession in which possessed spirit mediums are paraded among the crowd and bless local shops and houses.
For more information, my friend and colleague Dene Chen, wrote an article regarding this unusual ceremony in the Cambodia Daily.
Here’s my reportage about the intense day of protests and clashes that occurred in Phnom Penh last Sunday after the first day of protest organised by the CNRP (Cambodian National Rescue Party) to contest the election results. Sadly the result was tragic as one young man was killed a few meters from us and at least 3 others were injured with bullet wounds.
Thousands of Cambodians invade the streets of the capital Phnom Penh to participate in the last day of campaign of the two main Cambodian parties: the CPP (Cambodian People’s Party) and the opposition CNRP (Cambodia National Rescue League) .
Together with my fellow Ruom collective photographer Nicolas Axelrod, we will continue to cover this important event for all month till the day of the elections.
For all the updates regarding the coverage of the Cambodian General Elections 2013, don’t miss to take a look at our archive (with all the pictures we took so far), to follow us on our Facebook’s Page and Blog
Living just a few meters from the Phnom Penh’s Fire Station, allowed me in the past to realise if someone had been playing with fire around the city (and documented it).
And it has just happened a couple of hours ago! I heard the sirens, followed the trucks and I found myself in the middle of a battle against a big blaze broken up in the XO Club, a huge Karaoke bar nearby the Russian Market…
A space of interaction between professionals, bringing together journalists, researchers, videographers, and photographers, the collective is an open platform offering an opportunity to exchange and share information, giving multiple visions and more depth to long-term projects. The collective is based (for the moment) in Cambodia but always open to finding new projects on which to collaborate with people and professionals who share the same vision, objectives and sensitivity to mutual enrich common works.
Our first collective work has been a story called “Blood Sugar” on the life in the Cambodian sugar cane plantations, a reportage on and off over a 4 month period made in collaboration with the French journalist Clothilde Le Coz.
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We then spent almost 3 weeks in Myanmar (Burma), documenting the rise of the anti-Muslim Buddhist movement “969”. The gallery will be made public in the coming days, but in the meantime here is a little preview:
At the moment we are together documenting the 2013 Cambodian Political Elections in collaboration with The Cambodia Daily.
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