“Countryside Life and Landmarks in Cambodia” was the title of the three-day exhibition which was held from November 01st to 03rd at Meta House, and this is the first ever photo exhibition being held for charitable purposes.
“We were first thinking of only having our photos exhibited, but later we got the idea to make it even better and more interesting by turning it into a charity event,” said a senior photographer and also the president of Cambodia Photography Club (CPC) Tram Ly Rattanak.
Rattanak told the CambodiaCircles that the event was the successful one for the group as there were around 160 guests joining the event, and 10 photos were sold out to both Cambodians and foreigners. The exhibition has earned around 500 dollars so far from the photo selling and the contribution of the guests.
“It was more successful than what I expected because we were even honored by a representative from the Ministry of Information joining our event along with one hundred dollars contributed from His Excellency Khieu Kanharith,” said Rattanak.
The group has handed out aids worth 500 dollars to the 120 families in Angkor Borei district in Takeo province on November 20th. “We know that this amount of money is not much comparing to the damages caused by the flood, but at least we are doing what we can in this circumstance.”
“I have listened to the 107.5 FM and known that the district in Takeo province is most affected from the disaster, so I called to the radio and told them that we were going to raise fund to help the victims, and we were happy that the radio also cooperated with us by helping to promote our project,” Rattanak explained the process of organizing the event, adding that the radio station brought the CPC and the flood victims together.
When asked how to make it accountable, Rattanak said that “the best way is to list down what was spent on and post it online so that people will see where their money goes.”
He added that social networking site like Facebook contributed a lot in the success of this campaign. “I have created a Facebook page ‘Cambodian Photography Club’ in early October to share information about the exhibition and to announce the submission of the photos. More and more people join us in the group and start to send their photos and help us in whatever means they can,” he said.
“It was a bit difficult at first for us to gather each other since we did not know each other well and used only Facebook to keep in touch,” said Rattanak. “The strong commitments of all the members make the event possible, and they are now in the progress of making their club legitimated,” he added.
Cambodia Photography Club (CPC) was founded in the late 2010 by a group of Cambodian photographers. It is aimed at strengthening photography in Cambodia and upgrading it to meet the international standard. CPC has been doing many events so far.
So far, CPC has arranged many events including one of the most breathtaking acts, Help-Portrait, in which photographers eyes around the city and took some photos of marginal people such as shoeshine boys and street children, who, almost all their lives, have never possessed even a single photo, and printed out for them just minutes later. “This is all for making them happy,” said Rattanak with a smile.Article by: CHAN Muyhong
CHAN Muyhong is a junior in Media Management at the Department of Media and Communication (DMC). Her passion in writing grows as she took BA Degree in journalism. She managed to have her first article appeared in a local newspaper in 2010, a year after enrolling in journalism class. She hopes that her writing would somehow contribute to the better society and for the better changes. She begins her reporting job with CambodiaCircles in November 2011. “I learn from reading, and I hope there would be someone out there could learn something from my writing too. My career goal would be a professional journalist after graduation," said the 20-year-old reporter.