APWS Spotlight: Kim Hak, On

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In this APWS Spotlight bi-weekly series, Jessica Lim presents work from previous participants of the Angkor Photo Workshops and finds out what they have been up to. ON Destroying old heritage buildings is like killing a group of old people. ON is a combination of 2 words, OLD + NEW. OLD refers to old buildings, from the French colonial era up to modern Khmer architecture from the 1950s to 1970s during the Vann Molyvann period. NEW is about new generation. ON works with urban people born after 1979 who are engaged in activities in different old buildings. Even though we are in …

Photo Essay: Exile and perseverance, by Javed Sultan

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Exile and perseverance: The Tibetan Struggle for justice “Justice demands integrity. It’s to have a moral universe — not only know what is right or wrong but to put things in perspective, weigh things. Justice is different from violence and retribution; it requires complex accounting.” — Bell Hooks Nestled away from the chaos of the world, a perseverant population of Tibetan exiles have found  asylum in Bylakuppe, India. Since 1959, over 100,000 Tibetan political refugees have arrived here in search of safety. For many it has been over 50 years since they have seen their homeland. And while  the world is supposedly …

Photo Essay: Calcutta Contradictions, by Saptarshi Sanyal

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Rollover images for slideshow controls Calcutta Contradictions Calcutta, the quintessential post-colonial Indian city, exposes the struggle to move ahead into the future and at the same time revel in splendour of an imperial past that palpably throbs in its present. The city’s name has recently been changed to Kolkata, as has happened with several of its streets and addresses. Notwithstanding these passing changes, Calcutta is an ultimate instance of an Indian city with the capacity to absorb and amalgamate parallel realities, juxtapose several paces of life in the same physical space and thus, present a canvas of contradictions. Speaking of age, …

While You Were Sleeping, by Darren Soh

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“Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.” – Duane Michals I started photography at a local newspaper where I was taught to embrace objectivity and to leave my feelings aside while photographing. Being older and wiser now, I have come to the realization that life is not always so straightforward. Much of the photography that I practice today no longer requires me to be “objective” in any way. And it was only recently that I began to admit that the possibilities of photography were far greater than I had allowed myself to imagine. In many …

APWS Spotlight: Rony Zakaria, Men, Mountains and The Sea

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In this APWS Spotlight bi-weekly series, Jessica Lim presents work from previous participants of the Angkor Photo Workshops and finds out what they have been up to. Men, Mountains and The Sea Divided by 17,000 island and located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Indonesia is home for more than 150 active volcanoes and distinctly marked by a coastline spans over 80,000 km. This project documents an ongoing history of people and communities whose life affected by two major entities for Indonesians, the mountains and the sea. Rony Zakaria Rony Zakaria studied photography at Antara Gallery of Photojournalism and completed a …

Invisible Interview: Karan Vaid, 1st Place Winner of the IPA Street Photography Contest

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Rollover images for slideshow controls Karan Vaid, a photographer from India, won 1st place in the inaugural IPA Street Photography Contest. The contest received over 3,000 entries from all corners of Asia. In this invisible interview, we catch up with Karan, talk to him about his win, and find out more about his photography craft and journey. Invisible Ph t grapher Asia: Firstly, congratulations – how do you feel about winning 1ST Prize at the Inaugural IPA Street Photography Contest? Karan Vaid: Thank you, I am very happy to be a finalist and in the company of such talented photographers. …

Photo Essay: The Refugee Problem In Azerbaijan, by Ilkin Huseynov

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The Refugee Problem In Azerbaijan I chose the problem of refugees in Azerbaijan as the topic for my project. Despite the fact that it is often discussed, this problem still remains urgent and demands special attention from society. A democratic society highly values human rights, such as the right for inviolability of property, right of property and integrity of personality, which a person with the social status of a “refugee” is either fully or partly deprived of. In the photographs I have depicted one of the regions where refugees live. People in that region have been living under these conditions for …

Bad Dream – Atomic Nightmare, by Shin Yahiro

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I spent a few days there, it was very quiet, fine day, plenty of greens and spring wind blew gently. But there was no one. There used to be a lot of farmers, breeders, dairy farmers. It was such a bad dream in the planed evacuation area from radiation in Fukushima. The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant exploded in March. Radiation spread widely, especially in the area carried by the wind. The Japanese government had already designated 20Km in radius from Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant as an off-limit area. Iitate village, Namie town, katsurao village and other areas were designated as planed evacuation areas too. …

APWS Spotlight: Nishant Ratnakar, Fistful of Dreams

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In this new APWS Spotlight bi-weekly series, Jessica Lim presents work from previous participants of the Angkor Photo Workshops and finds out what they have been up to. Fistful of Dreams Palguni lives with her mother Veena an elder sister Akila on the outskirts of Bangalore city. When anyone sees the two girls with their mother, this question follows them in whispers: “Are they adopted?” Yes, both girls were adopted by Veena. It is the colour of the girls’ skin that makes people ask this question — Veena is fair-skinned, whereas the two girls are dark-skinned. This is an ongoing project to foreground …

Photo Essay: TOP 20 Finalists Slideshow

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IPA Street Photography Contest TOP 20 Finalists Invisible Ph t grapher Asia celebrated their 1st anniversary in April 2011. To mark this anniversary milestone, we are hosted our first Street Photography Contest. These are the TOP 20 Finalist images that were selected by our judges out of a total of 3,400 entries from across Asia. The finalist images come from Indonesia, Japan, India, Singapore, Israel, Taiwan and Thailand. We would like to thank all who participated, and wish the finalists luck in the final round of judging. Click to view individual picture with title & photographer’s credit. All photographs/art are the property …