I decided to use this blog post to share with you some of my favourite – and most of them unpublished – pictures and pieces of work I produced this year.
Cambodia, a look at change
The year started tragically, with the Cambodian government’s crack down on garment factory workers protesting for a better wage. On Friday 3 January military police fired at the protesters on Veng Sreng Street, in the south of Phnom Penh, killing at least 5 people and injuring more than 20.
In March, together with Ruom journalist Marta Kasztelan, I started an investigation on the LGBT community in Cambodia, with a special attention to transgenders. We’re still working on the project and we hope to be able to publish some of the material in the first months of 2015. Those below are some of the protagonists of our story.
Also with Marta, I started a project about Nigerian football players in the Cambodian league.
At the end of April I flew to Jakarta and started to work on our fourth Ruom collective project together with Nicolas Axelrod and Micheal Malay.
Dreaming Singapore’ investigates the movement of migrants from Indonesia to Singapore, one of the busiest migratory pathways in Southeast Asia.
It follows three different women at various stages of their journey: from training centres in Indonesia, to daily life in Singapore, and finally the return home.
This multimedia project is enriched with in-depth interviews, video reportage, and photographs taken over a five month period. It weaves the experience of migrant workers with the people they meet during their journeys: social workers, employers, recruiting agencies, and government officials.
In June I was able to spend one month in Iran. There I met extraordinary people and I visited some incredible places, a really memorable experience.
During the trip I documented the growing consumerism culture in the country and the photo essay I produced has been published on Al Jazeera, Mashable and recently on CNN Photos.
Those are a very small selection of some of the travel pictures I took during my stay.
In September I spent a couple of weeks in the north of Vietnam, visiting one of the most remote and mountainous region of the country: Ha Giang.
I didn’t have the opportunity to publish this pictures (I’ll do it in the next weeks), yet, so here’s a brief preview.
I then flew to Kathmandu for a week assignment for USAID (I hope to publish some of the material I produced soon).
In my brief stay to Nepal I wasn’t able to visit much, but I was really amazed by the few things I saw.
Maybe a little late, here’s my selection of my best pictures from 2012.
For sure, it has been a very intense and productive year in which a lot of important things has happened: after some months in spain and around Europe, I finally moved to Cambodia, I visited a lot of amazing places all around Asia (especially Myanmar), several of my pictures were published in international magazines and newspaper and I got my first assignment for the International Herald Tribune.
I got a lot of expectation, ideas and plans for this next year and a good feeling that it will be even better than 2012.
First used as spies by the CIA during the Vietnam War and later targeted for elimination by Pol Pot’s genocidal regime, Khmer Krom are still victims of numerous human rights violations today. The ones living in Vietnam are being acculturated by Hanoi´s intimidating policies, while others have been forcibly evicted from their ancestral lands in the Mekong Delta and pushed to Cambodia where they are not recognized as full citizens. With no place on either side of the border, the Khmer Krom have become the “nowhere people.”
This is their story.
I started this project in July 2012, when I spent a week as a tourist visiting some of the Khmer Krom communities and Pagodas in the Mekong Delta. At that point, my aim was just to discover and understand a bit better their ways of life, as well as to visit some of Vietnam’s most iconic sites.
As my first contact with the Khmer Krom communities, my encounter with the reality of their lives was only brief and did not leave me enough time to properly investigate the matter, especially how the restrictions applied by the Vietnamese Government affect the Khmer Krom’s life itineraries.
Therefore, I am planning to go back to the area with the support of several international organisations and NGOs..
It is, of course, an ongoing project.
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