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Phnom Penh Photo 2012 –Michael Ackerman


He is one of those photographers who, in the last fifteen years, has had the greatest influence on the younger generation. His grainy black and white, his images stretched between fact and fiction, the perception of a floating universe in which time is always a key issue made it possible for him to impose a distinctly different universe. He does not have a particular genre, but is given to images that come to him whenever and wherever, at random. In the end, he takes few photographs, but those that he does take are terribly intense. For his first exhibition in Asia, he is releasing the dummy of his upcoming book on the little community of Cabbage town. Between tenderness and violence, ruin and poetry, images of children and a walk and musical ballad, he takes on the world always with the same freedom of approach, in sizes, contrasts, treatment of lights , framings, little sequences and individual pictures. A fine time to look back at the work of his youth, the work that founded his career, and wherein the writing is already perfectly recognizable.

Born in 1967 in Israel, Michael Ackerman moved to New York in 1974, where he taught himself the art of photography. In 1993, his path took him to India, for which he feels a real passion. His encounters led to exhibitions in 1996 in New York, then in Milan. In 1998, he received the International Center of Photography Infinity Award – Young Photographer, in 1999 the Nadar Award for his book “End Time City,” photos taken in Benares, India. Michael Ackerman now exhibits all over the world. He is represented by VU Gallery and Agency. He lives and works in Berlin.

Photo Phnom Penh festival
From December 8 – 13, 2012
Phnom Penh

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