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.