24 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.
10 imagesIn 2009, the Tibetan community "celebrated" 50 years of Tibetan exile in India, where Tibetan refugees are allowed to have their own settlements, administration, schools, temples, monasteries, and medical system. These pictures were taken in Manali and Dharamsala at a photojournalism workshop 2009.
15 imagesYonoféré is a village in the Ferlo desert in Senegal. Most of the people in Yonoféré are nomad farmers who belong to the Fula people, a tribe which is spread out over 25 African countries, from Mauretania to Eritrea. During the dry season the nomad farmers settle around the drill well and the fountains in Yonoféré in order to gain access to water. On certain days, the Harmattan winds saturate the air with sand from the Sahara, painting the sky and landscape yellow. These images were taken in one day while I was on a documentary assignment for a Swiss NGO regarding irrigation projects in the Ferlo desert.