Photography Exhibition Showcases Diverse Stories of Capital Dwellers

Photography fans are being invited to join Phnom Penh Photography Collective’s inaugural exhibition, ‘Humans of Phnom Penh’, documenting the lives of the capital’s diverse range of inhabitants
A man makes coffee in Phnom Penh. Kiripost via Shunsuke Miyatake
A man makes coffee in Phnom Penh. Kiripost via Shunsuke Miyatake

Phnom Penh Photography Collective is slated to hold its first group exhibition, ‘Humans of Phnom Penh’, featuring the works of the 40-plus photographers who took part in the collective’s photography walking tours.

The exhibition will run from April 30 to May 31, in collaboration with WILD Phnom Penh and PSE Film School, where the exhibitions can be seen. It will include the art of about 40 photographers who took part in the collective’s third walking group tour, where they were invited to interview at least one person they photographed on the street.

"We are excited to finally have our first group photography exhibition," said Shunsuke Miyatake, founder of Phnom Penh Photography Collective. "Phnom Penh has such a dynamic range of people from all over Cambodia and the world. We hope to show the diversity of our city and capture the unique perspectives of its inhabitants."

Humans of Phnom Penh documents the lives of the diverse range of inhabitants in Phnom Penh. Kiripost via Stéphane Monard
Humans of Phnom Penh documents the lives of the diverse range of inhabitants in Phnom Penh. Kiripost via Stéphane Monard

The exhibition aims to highlight the diversity of Phnom Penh's local and expat scene while showcasing the city in a new light. Entrance to the exhibition is free, but the Collective encourages visitors to donate tips to PSE Film School to support future generations of photographers and video makers.

After its launch event on February 5, the collective’s Instagram account attracted more than 600, its Facebook page grew by more than 400, and over 80 people joined its Telegram Group.

"We're not just a photography collective, but a community of creatives," Miyatake said. "We want to create a platform for everyone to share their unique perspectives and connect with like-minded people. We hope to inspire others to explore their creativity and grow together."

The exhibition aims to highlight the diversity of local and expat scene while showcasing the city in a new light. Kiripost via Kim Sokvisal
The exhibition aims to highlight the diversity of local and expat scene while showcasing the city in a new light. Kiripost via Kim Sokvisal

Phnom Penh Photography Collective's "Humans of Phnom Penh" exhibition is an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate the city's diversity. It welcomes photographers of all levels, from amateur to professional, and encourages the participation of locals, expats, young and elderly, women, and men.

The Collective organizes monthly themed photo walks and showcases interesting perspectives from participants on their digital channels. They also plan to host workshops and interview series with outstanding photographers in Phnom Penh.

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