15 imagesIn April 2011, I was assigned to shoot a series of images about Oman, portraiting the people, the landscapes and the culture of the Sultanate, which is located on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula. Fifty years ago, Oman was still one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. After acceding to the throne in 1970, Sultan Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said modernized the country while preserving its culture and traditions. He embarked on economic reforms and authorized expenditures on health, education, sustainable development, and welfare by using Oman´s oil revenue. Quaboos refers to Islam as being a religion of tolerance and peace and prohibits any extremism. Today Oman is regarded as the most peaceful country in the Middle East. The images were taken 2011 in Muscat and the areas of Sur, Nizwa, and in the desert around Wahiba Sands.
22 images"Situated at the confluence of three great rivers - the Mekong, Tonle Sap and Bassac rivers - Phnom Penh is a city of more than two million people, the capital of Cambodia and the country's economic and political hub. It is still a relatively fresh travel destination. A port and trading village and occasional capital in the post-Angkorian period, the city came under French colonial control from 1863-1953, flourished in independence in the late 1950s through the 60s, was besieged and then evacuated by the Khmer Rouge in the 70s, repopulated in the 80s, and revitalized in the 90s. It is now a center of diverse economic and urban development. These days bistros and boutique hotels line the riverfront, smart little silk shops and art galleries dot the side streets and the city still enjoys a heady dusk-to-dawn nightlife. Phnom Penh is fairly young, but still a city steeped in tradition and history, offering several cultural and historical sights." ((source: www.canbypublications.com)). After an assignment in Cambodia I spent 36 hours in Phnom Penh, trying to capture the atmosphere, the sights, hotels, nightlife and markets as well as the vibrant streets to give an impression of what awaits first time visitors to this rapidly developing south asian city.
12 imagesA series of street photographs from the city between east an west, taken on two short trips in May 2008 and 2009. The series will be continued in May 2010.