Remissa MAK's biography

MAK Remissa is regarded as one of the most successful Khmer photographers of his generation. He credits his first and third place awards in the 1997 National Photojournalism competition, held by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club and chaired by Phillip Jones Griffiths, as a major catalyst in his career.
Currently working as a photojournalist for the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA), his work is often seen on the international news wires. His 2005 fine art photography exhibition, titled after a traditional Khmer proverb: “When the water rises, the fish eats the ant; when the water recedes, the ant eats the fish”, was shown in Phnom Penh galleries like Popil and Java, as well as at the Angkor Photo Festival. Born in 1970, Remissa and his family were moved from Phnom Penh five years later by the Khmer Rouge and relocated in Takeo province.
In 1995, he graduated in Fine Art and Photography at the Royal Fine Arts School in Phnom Penh, and his work soon appeared in numerous publications such as Cambodge Soir and the Phnom Penh Post.
He has also worked for Reuters and other organisations. Remissa has exhibited his fine art photography in Cambodia, France, Canada and the US, and after spending a few years in Canada, he has returned to live and record events in the country of his birth. Seven pieces of Remissa's Fish and Ants work was recently made part of the Singapore Art Museum's permanent collection.

Mak Remissa exposes « Water is Life » in Hotel De La Paix in Siem Reap, during Angkor Photo Festival 2011.This exhibition was sponsored by AIR France.
Mak Remissa exposed « Water is Life » in the Institut Français de Birmanie (formerly Alliance Française) during Yangon Photo Festival 2012.
Remissa “Water is Life” was exposed during the «Ruptures and Revival: Cambodian Photography in the Last Decade» exhibition in the ICA Gallery2,Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore, LASALLE College of the Arts, in Singapore in March 2012.

Further more Mak Remissa’s « Fish And Ants » was exposed in the « Life Being, Earth Being » exhibition in the Theory of Clouds Gallery in Kobe, Japan in April-May 2013. « Life Being, Earth Being » exhibition is a group exhibition showing work of Hajime Kimura / Andrea Star Reese / Abir Abdullah / Remissa Mak / Zalmai.

Remissa "Water is Life" was exposed at the Xishuangbanna Festival 2014 in China. January 8 - February 8 2014.
Fish & Ants was exposed in GETXOPHOTO festival in September 2014 in Bilbao, Spain.
And was nominated as one of the best exhibitions, among 200, at Dali Photo Festival in China in August 2015.

Finally Remissa latest work "Left 3 days" was exposed at The French Cultural Centre in Phnom Penh, during PhotoPhnomPenh 2015 and
is part of the amazing exhibition "Renaissance" in the Phnom Penh pavilion during the 4th edition of LILLE 3000, curated by Mr. Caujolle.
From the 26th of September 2015 >17 January 2016.

Mak Remissa has been a member of Asia Motion since 2010.

Peter Harris's biography

Born 1971, Peter Harris spent his childhood in western Massachusetts. It was during his youth that images from the Vietnam War, through to the Gulf War, had a haunting effect on him and were instrumental in his resolve to become a photographer.
In 1994, previously a self-taught photographer, Peter began working as an assistant to commercial photographers in Boston. Although promising, the photo business began to lose its glamorous appeal and after several years, it was time to take a break.
Harris worked for eight years as an IT specialist for computer giants like Hewlett Packard in France, an experience that has provided vital computer skills, an asset in the digital age of photography and web design.
After 5 years in Paris, he moved to Rome to re-launch a career as a freelance photographer with a reportage-flair. Peter’s first foreign assignment was to cover emergency earthquake relief efforts in northern Pakistan conducted by the UN World Food Programme in 2005.
In recent years Harris has covered the international mourning at the passing of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, revisited, a year later, the devastating earthquake affected areas that left millions homeless in Pakistan, the forced evictions and relocation of poor communities in Cambodia, and the border conflict between Thailand and Cambodia.
Peter has been a freelance photographer since late 2005, devoting himself to documenting the development work of non-governmental organisations and wider social issues. He has worked on a number of photographic projects in Thailand, China, Mongolia, France, Italy, Tunisia, and the United States.
On his way to Cambodia in 2007, he attended the much talked about Bangkok Photo Workshop. A “motivating” experience led by photography celebrities David A. Harvey and James A. Nachtwey.
Since basing himself in Cambodia, Harris has had several solo and group exhibitions. In November 2008, Peter became one of the founding photographers to join Asia Motion. In addition, he is initiating an educational program for NGO staff and is currently continuing his efforts to document the affects of development in Cambodia.

Isabelle Lesser's biography

Isabelle is an independent Belgian Photo Journalist & Visual Story Teller, Founder and Creative & Managing Director of Asia Motion. Based in Cambodia since 2003. Since 2017 between Belgium and Cambodia.
Through this agency, Isabelle manages all the communication and public relation of a team of 20 visual makers who covers current events in the entire Asian region.
Their stories make reference in the matter.
Parallel to managing the agency, Isabelle continues her work as a visual story teller. Isabelle has more than 15 years of experience in the international photography world. She holds her camera with passion, specialized in press and documentary photography.
Her main focus and red line stays on covering in depth social causes through visual storytelling.
Her work as a photographer and photo editor within many NGOs and press agencies in Asia and Africa has allowed Isabelle to work at the heart of local and international structures, such as the United Nations, Oxfam America, The Associated Press, Handicap international Belgium The French Red Cross or Agence France Press among others.
Her photographs from events have appeared in publications including The Bangkok Post, The Wire Magazine, Phnom Penh Post, The New York Times and the Boston Globe
Finally Isabelle is specialized in Creative Art and Photography workshops for children . She collaborated with UNICEF Cambodia and The French Red Cross Ivory Coast , to help children express themselves
through art, storytelling, fun learning and play.

Virginie Noel's biography

Virginie Noël is a freelance photographer, artist and writer. Originally from Belgium, she has lived and worked in Ireland, Cambodia, Indonesia and Germany. She currently lives and works in Bristol, UK.

When Virginie arrived in Cambodia in 2007 after 12 months of travel, telling stories through her lens had become a vital need. Alongside her work for a small grassroots NGO, which involved teaching children in a Phnom Penh slum, she started working as a freelance photographer and began two long-term documentary photography projects in Phnom Penh. These projects culminated in her work ‘Phnom Penh Stars’, which takes an intimate look at two worlds of performance in Cambodian society: kick boxers and ladyboys.

During her time in Phnom Penh, she was also Staff Photographer for AsiaLIFE magazine. She participated in numerous group exhibitions, as well as holding a solo exhibition in 2009.

From 2010 on, she divided her time between Europe and Indonesia, where she studied Fine Art at the University of Denpasar under the Darmasiswa scholarship. In 2012, she was invited as an artist-in-residence at Gallery Made Budhiana in Bali, which culminated in the solo exhibition ‘Human Nature’. This project focused on the spiritual relationship the Balinese have with nature, as well as exploring her own personal connection to Nature, taking her work to a more conceptual level.

Due to her background in Social Psychology, the main focus of her work has always been on people, culture and identity. Human emotions fascinate her, as well as the relationships human beings have with each other and their natural environments.

She currently works on a new multi-media project overlapping science and art. The project will explore the scientific research done within the emerging field of Psychoneuroimmunology, which aims to explain how body-mind medicine works. Virginie aims to transform this rational knowledge into a felt and seen experience through visual exploration using photography, drawing, installations and video.

Her work has been widely exhibited in Cambodia, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium and the US.

She is also a Photovoice-trained participatory photography project facilitator and is developing a UK-based collaborative participatory photography project with a particular focus on gender equality.

Virginie Noël is a member of Asia Motion since 2011


Simon Toffanello's biography

Simon was born in the Bahamas and lived in Italy for a short period. From the age of seven he grew up in Manchester England. On leaving high school in the 80s he trained and worked as a black and white darkroom technician and assistant interiors photographer. In the late 80s he moved to London to study media, photography and art at the London College of Printing. Then took a bachelor degree in Fine Art, specialising in Filmmaking at Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London.

Through the 90s he made several super 8 and 16mm experimental short film narratives destined for the European film festivals circuit. His graduating film Hill-City was further developed, winning an award at the 1998 Brest European Short Film Festival, before screening at the London Film Festival in the same year.

In 1999/2000 he embarked on a road trip through South East Asia with an Olympus OM1n film stills camera. The freedom of working solo with just a stills camera combined with the alluring aesthetics of SE Asia inspired him to relocate to Cambodia in 2003. He has since been based in Phnom Penh, working as a freelance commercial photographer shooting assignments for a broad range of local and regional clients. Shooting advertising/corporate, events, NGO assignments, travel features and more.

Ryan Plummer's biography

Ryan is currently based in Vancouver, BC, Canada working on his most recent body of work concentrating on the Downtown Eastside. His work also comprises reportage, editorial assignments, nudes and fashion.

He has also worked as the Staff Photographer for SEA Globe Magazine in Cambodia. Ryan worked and traveled on numerous and diverse photo assignments throughout the Kingdom and region over a three year period. One particular highlight from his time spent working in South East Asia was working alongside German Director Detlev Buck and German Actor David Kross as the Stills Photographer on the set of “Same Same But Different.”

His photographic works are created in a visceral and stylized documentary form, often incorporating unique and contrasting features from various rural and urban environments.

He graduated from the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts.

Julien Poulson's biography

Julien Poulson has many years experience working in creative
arts roles with a particular focus on music and media. Julien has
worked as a photographer, political cartoonist, graphic designer,musician, filmmaker, and arts administrator. Julien has twenty years experience in the Australian music industry as well as strong interests in film, visual and media arts (and their convergence points).
Julien has toured with rock bands in Australian and USA,devised and managed music festivals, worked with boards, committees and membership-based organisations,implemented industry programs, managed an independent record label and published magazines including founding 3PBSfm’s Easey Street magazine. He currently works with The Green Mist – a Tasmanian based collective with members of The Violent Femmes and The Beasts of Bourbon.
In 2007 Julien released two albums through his Mistophone Records. Rolling Stone Magazine said of The Green Mist’s debut Next Stop Antarctica “…while the names are impressive, what’s more so is the quality of the music, which is inky and sombre but still possessed of a relentless energy... seemingly disparate parts coming together to form a very impressive whole.” 4 Stars.
As a young student, Julien travelled to the Philippines as a guest of League of Filipino Students and spent time working as a photojournalist. Since this time, Julien has often travelled and worked abroad - producing animation in Hong Kong and more recently a feature length documentaries on subjects ranging from Balinese youth culture through to transgender lives in Istanbul, Julien has continued to seek opportunities to further his career in arts and media with a particular focus on working in the Asian region.
In 2007, received an Asialink residency and spent three months in Cambodia working with Khmer musicians to record new music. Early in 2009, Julien returned to Cambodia to begin writing and researching a film
project The River Flows Backwards and was offered a residency at MetaHouse, Phnom Penh, to continue developing his work. In 2009 Julien toured Europe working both as a musician and as a filmmaker. This year, Julien was awarded The Alcorso Foundation’s prestigious Italian Arts Residency and will spend three months living in Venice for the purpose of creating music and text for a Western titled Muskito.

Carsten Stormer's biography

Carsten Stormer is a German Asian correspondent, writer and photographer based in Manila. In the past he has worked with the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia and the Myanmar Times in Rangoon, Burma. He has studied journalism in Bremen, Germany, and Chennai, India. Since 2004 he has been reporting on wars, conflict, human rights and social issues in Africa and Asia. Carsten's pieces appear regularly in German and international magazines. Amongst his clients are: Stern, Focus, Rogue, FAZ, FR, Cicero, Playboy, Marie Claire, Amnesty International, Readers Digest Asia, etc.

George Jefferies's biography

George studied video production at the University of the West of England in Bristol. After graduating he established a video production company.

In November 2009, George moved to Phnom Penh, where he works as a filmmaker and photographer.

Specialising in cutting edge HDSLR technology, George provides clients with professional, broadcast-quality, HD videos and photos optimised for printing and publishing on the web.

George’s client list includes Asia Foundation, Centre Culturel Français, TPO Cambodia and Cambodia Film Commission.

He is also a member of Asia Motion, a creative agency based in Phnom Penh.

One of George’s short films was screened during the 2010 Cambodia International Film Festival.

Liton Masud Alam's biography

Liton Masud Alam is a documentary photographer based in Dhaka
Liton completed a graduation in photography and photojournalism from Pathshala- South Asian Institute of media academy & photography, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Liton’s prime interests are social issues and human rights documentaries. He believes that people can get help by photography and knowing what's happening around the world.

His photographs where published in some local Newspapers, The Sunday Times U.K and Shots magazine U.K

He won the first prize of BPS (Bangladesh photographic society) Photo contest-2005, SOTIRI international prize for young photographers – Finalist 2009, China international press photo award (CHIPP) 2009 in Daily life – Bronze, Ian parry finalist 2009, National geographic all roads Photography project nominee 2010, WINE photo award Special mention 2010, LUCEO images student project winner 2010, Photo Visura grant project Honorable mention 2010.

His "Requiem For Freedom" Story was chosen and exposed in September 2012 in the World Event Young Artists Biennale (WEYA) in Nottingham in the United Kingdom.

Liton Masud Alam has been a member of Asia Motion since 2010.

Veejay Villafranca's biography

Vicente Jaime R. Villafranca (b. 1982 Philippines)

Veejay started out as a staff photographer for the national news magazine the Philippines Graphic before venturing into freelancing. He also worked with several international news wire agencies before concentrating on his documentary projects in Asia.

He is the the recipient of the 2008 Ian Parry Scholarship grant with his project on the lives of former gang members in Manila which also garnered him a residency at the Visa Pour l'image photojournalism festival hosted by Crossing Point residency program on the same year. He was also the first Filipino to be selected in the 2013 Joop Swart Masterclass program.

Currently based in Manila, he does editorial assignments apart from working on his long-term projects tackling issues on the changing Filipino culture and religious practices, displacement due to the drastic change climate/weather patterns and his current exploration of Filipino diaspora through different landscapes across the Philippines.

He has been published globally with titles including International Herald Tribune, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Bloomberg Businessweek, World Policy Report and have worked with several aid organizations such as Oxfam International, U.N. World Food Program, Greenpeace, Unicef amongst others.

He is represented by Getty Images Global Assignments in London and Asia Motion in Asia.
Veejay in part of Asia Motion since 2011.

Anthony Asael's biography

Anthony Asael (born 1974 in Belgium) is a well recognized international photographer and one of the very few person who visited each one of the 192 countries of the world. He is of Turkish and Italian origin.

His passion for photography began very early - at 7 years old, he was already developing his black and white work in a lab. Over the next few years, he was given the opportunity to travel on several occasions with Ruggero Gabbai – a professional Italian photographer and film director - as his personal assistant.

Today, Anthony enjoys seeing passerby examine his portraits with delight, such as his famous expositions of “Colors and Scents” , "The 8 Millennium Goals", "Children Rights" and "Know your World". His artwork is featured in many different continents around the world. He has featured in 2006-2008 an exhibition on the Millennium Goals in Brussels, Milan (Italy), Antwerp (Belgium), Toronto (Canada), New York and Santiago (Chile) for the 60th anniversary of the Unicef. Other recent exhibitions can be seen in Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Cologne, Toronto, New-York.

A graduate of Solvay Business School in Belgium, he held management positions at various IT and telecommunication companies. In 2004 he decided to change life and he’s been dedicating 100% of his time to the nonprofit sector. He founded Art in All of Us [1] and is now dedicated to accomplishing the mission of this organization, aiming at stimulating creativity and curiosity of children. Having traveled throughout the world and met different cultures, Anthony aims at building more tolerance through ARTistic communication.
He wants Art in All of Us [2] to be the international platform of art exchanges among children from all the countries of the world. The mission of Art in All of Us is to promote tolerance and creative cultural exchange throughout the 192 UN listed countries, using universal language of Art. Anthony believes that the construction of a better and fair world needs to go through the education of the less advantaged person.

Therefore, Art in All of Us decided to focus the project on children, since in most countries they are only considered as half a person, and do not benefit from the right to express themselves. The expected AiA World Art Book Program of Art in All of Us have been published and launched the 20 of November 2009 at the United Nations in the frame of the 20 years anniversary of the Children Rights Convention. It presents in one book each and every of the 192 UN-member countries through a single portrait of a resident, a drawing and a poetry done by a local child.

Today, he is one of the very few persons who has traveled to all the 192 countries in the world and has taught photography to over 18,000 children in 320 schools thanks to Art in All of Us partnerships like with the UNICEF. or SOS Children Villages.

He and Art in All of Us has also be honored by being invited by the UNICEF to exhibit in the UNICEF headquarters for the 20 years anniversary of the Children Rights Convention. In 2009, he also won the first Prize of the Kodak Smile Festival in Paris.

Stephane Janin's biography

Stéphane Janin was born in France in 1968. He has photographed Cambodia Since the early 90s, visiting the country on numerous occasions, until he settled in Phnom Penh and live there permanently from 2004 to 2007. He emphasized on daily life activities, arts and culture.
Janin was the founder of the Popil PhotoGallery in Phnom Penh (2005-2007), the first independent art space fully dedicated to the art of photography, a space where he has organized a dozen of exhibitions of local and international photographers. At the same time, Janin taught photography to students in his gallery and to students of the Royal Fine Arts School and Department of Media and Communication, tutoring them to build their own body of work ("14 + 1" exhibition at French Cultural Center).
In September 2007, Janin relocated to Washington DC where he lived 3 years. From the USA, he has documented life stories of Cambodian American people: .

From Cambodia and the United States, 2006 to 2010, Janin also explored an ancestral way of creating images, using boxes and black and white paper negatives to build "The Substance Beneath the Visible".

Since 2010 Janin lives in the South of France where he teaches art, media, culture and comunication for high school students.

Nick Sells's biography

Nick is a self taught photographer from the UK.
He bought his first camera while travelling through South East Asia in 2006.

While in Cambodia Nick acquired his first photography assignments through the Phnom Penh Post as a sports photographer. He went on to win the Silver award for Best in Sports Photojournalism by the World Association of Newspapers and IFRA at the 2010 Asian Media Awards in Kuala Lumpur.

Nick has been working professionally in Cambodia for 4 years as an events photographer for his own company, Kampuchea Party Republic. Nick has also shot a range of subjects ranging from food to fashion. He has also opened his studio “So Shoot me” in Phnom Penh where he lives and works.