Oct 03 2011
The Angkor Hospital for Children is a well-established and highly reputed charitable hospital set in the heart of Siem Reap. It provides services for children from in and around Siem Reap, with almost one million children so far benefiting from their services in its 12 years of existence. Their valuable work is partially supported by Friends Without a Border, an NGO created by Japanese photographer Kenro Izu, whose work can be seen at the Friends Centre.
From August until December this year, it is also possible to find the work of long established American photographer, Brian English. “Mani Padma : Jewel of the Lotus” is a series of incredibly elegant black and white prints depicting everyday items associated with Buddhism, from the sturdy lotus to the fragile and fleeting butterfly, as well as images of the Buddha himself. The simplicity of the images and their almost sculptural form are compelling and make a visit to the Centre worth a trip in themselves. English has worked with many famous names including Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon and Annie Liebowitz. He currently lives in California where he works at the Herb Ritts Foundation.
His images are joined by a series of photographs taken by a group of young photographers who are striving to reach such heady heights.
Anjali House is an NGO that runs a drop-in centre for almost 100 former street children from Siem Reap, and was created out of the Angkor Photo Festival, now a fixture on the local and regional photographers’ and photography lovers’ calendar. The children of Anjali have participated in workshops run by professional photographers from all over the world, and they have created a vast body of work, with some pieces now available to be seen in the Friends gallery.
The pictures mostly depict impressions from the children’s homes and family life. Poignant, colourful, lively, they are a vivid insight into the lives and talents of Cambodia’s youth.
Centre for Friends Without A Border
Corner of Samdech Tep Vong and Oum Chay Streets (just beside the Angkor Hospital for Children), Siem Reap
T: (063) 963 409
F: (063) 760 452
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