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Publication in GALA

Nice publication in GALA’s French edition (even if I do not like the reframing of my photos !!!).

A photo of Tina Kieffer with the schoolgirls from Happy Chandara.

Once again, the opportunity to encourage you to help the association Tous à l’école, created by Tina Kieffer, who helps and teaches young girls in Cambodia.

GALA No. 1231 -  January 11, 2017

My Pictures in L’Express…
Great joy to see the first publication of several photos of my work in Cambodia, with Tina Kieffer and his pupils of Happy Chandara, in L'Express Style of the week (the supplement of L'Express N°3410).
Happy 10th anniversary to the NGO created by Tina for helping kids!

You can support by sponsoring a child on her official website:


Yesterday I said goodbye to Happy Chandara …

It has been a great adventure but  it is not finished  yet,  I’ll have to work a lot of images and together with Tina Kieffer , we have to organize an auction in behalf of  “Toutes à l’ecole”.


Back in Phnom Penh, with its stifling heat, and its storms.

Looking through a publication of Asia Life Magazine, I come across an article about the street artists Peap Tarr & Lisa Mam.

I remember seeing a documentary on Canal +, a view month ago, about this couple the city and the city walls.

Peap Tarr is born in New Zealand, his mother is Cambodian and Lisa Mam is from Phnom Penh. They are husband and wife and are working all over the world together.

They make part of the most famous Asian urban artists in the world.

I try to find a way to contact them … Whenever they want or can, even now two days before I leave Phnom Penh …

And then I see one or two possibilities … I write  Peap and I  wait …


Great news! Two hours later, I receive a very friendly message and we make an appointment for the following morning.  And I am looking forward to meet, photograph and interview them …

I dined and watched Belgium-Ireland on streaming in my room … but fall asleep before the end ….


This morning I am at Villa Langka where we arranged to meet at 11:00. I have prepared my interview and I see them happen exactly on time

I guessed they would be sympathetic, but not until this level!

We begin the interview and I learn a lot. Not only about them but also on street art in Cambodia, Asia, on art in general, now and then, the people, people’s lives and politics since the genocide.

They have much to tell, a lot to offer and so much to share. They invite me for lunch in a typical local restaurant.


Later we leave for a tour through Phnom Penh looking for Street Art. And not just theirs, but also those of the Korean-American graffiti artist David Choe from Los Angeles, Aryz a Spanish urban artist and the American, of Taiwanese origin, illustrator and painter James Jean.

Peap and Lisa pose before the work of their friends. Finally I discover this Asian urban scene I sought unsuccessfully last weekend.


(Peap Tarr posing in front a mural of James Jean)


And I have a lot of fun with my new friends! Funny, these are the kind of individuals we encounter with the immediate feeling of knowing all along.


(Lisa Mam & Peap Tarr in front of a mural of David Choe)


They show me two of their four hand painted murals. The first one in a cozy bar in the city, and the second in a hyper-trendy bar situated in a fashionable new neighborhood, still under construction, wherein all the youth of the capital is gathered.

You feel the influences of Khmer traditions, New Zealand tribal art, design and graphics too. These two are so rich, internally, their works speak to everyone.


(In front of their own work in the Puzzles Gastropub)


I must write this article quickly, at least it will be published by two magazines.


It is 7:00 p.m. when they drop me at the hotel … The day passed quickly with Lisa & Peap.  We say goodbye warmly by promising to see each other again soon.


(Peap, Lisa, and me…Selfie!)


Tomorrow I will take the plane towards Ho Chi Minh, Doha and Barcelona.  Already I think that I have some good reasons to come back to Cambodia.











This is my last day in Happy Chandara.

Tomorrow morning I will leave to stay the weekend in Phnom Penh waiting for my flight, Monday I will leave towards Ho Chi Min, Doha, Barcelona and finally Perpignan …

One gets always used a little, we created bonds. The last two days, a pupil had made me paper boat and yesterday another pupil drew me a snail.

It’s touching and I hope to come back soon.


I was outside early; around 06:00. Many pupils who live outside the school arrive at about 05:30, brought by their parents who go to work in the fields or in the city and who cannot take care of them.

I watch them play with rubber bands, they play same way as girls in Europe do to.



And then they eat. Noodles, with chopsticks, in small transparent plastic bags; they eat fruit, too.

And then they do their hair together.


At 7:30, the raise of the color. The Cambodian and French flag and all pupils stand up silent and aligned aside and do not move an eyelash.


At noon, after eating some rice and a dragon fruit (I think I lost lose 4 or 5 kg!) I went mountain biking in the countryside. It is amazing to see the things that the Khmers carry on their small bikes, by pulling supplies on tiny but fully loaded trailers: banana bunches, bricks, and this morning a veritable jeans and shirts shop.


Yet another, overloaded with a jumble of all kind, ranging from cookware to plastic ducks reminded me of Castorama, a french brand who said : Chez Casto, there’s all you’ll need!


Earlier this afternoon, I returned to school attending a class of “window on the world.”

In the meantime the oldest are there watching a movie about the life of Somali top model Waris Dirie.

A fascinating and dramatic life, circumcised at the age of 3, she managed to flee the country, but became a slave to the Somali ambassador in London, before being one of the most requested models in the world. Later, she became “goodwill ambassador” of the UN, against female genital mutilation.


After the movie, the Khmer teacher launches a debate on the situation of women, the difference in general, and the future of women in Cambodia. The students are moved and are giving their well-marked opinion.

With this group, mentalities change. It is also one of the achievements of the Association Toutes à l’ecole and Tina Kieffer : forming free women, strong with beautiful values …


My friend Nicolas Caudeville made me an interview on his blog “L’Archipel Strike Back” (L’archipel contre attaque).

The opportunity to introduce my next photo reprtage in Cambodia for the journalist Tina Kieffer and the association she heads: “All at school.” (Toutes à l’école)

The video interview:

interview cambodge

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