John McDermott “Photographs”

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American photographer John McDermott first went to Angkor in 1995 to witness a total eclipse of the sun. Inspired by the surreal, otherworldly light, he returned again and again over the next several years and with unprecedented access he created a definitive artistic portrait of the ancient Khmer temples resulting in the acclaimed publication Elegy: Reflections on Angkor. The Angkor photographs continue to inspire gallery exhibits around the world.

McDermott has been described by The New York Times as “the Ansel Adams of Angkor” writing that his photographs are “not just beautiful but iconic… dreamlike photos which look as though they were taken in an ancient, forgotten world.”

In addition to his Angkor work, McDermott competed photography projects throughout Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam as he photographed sacred sites and the living culture that surrounds them. A well-received exhibit of these works were exhibited in Hong Kong as “Spirit and Stone” and the collection continues to draw much attention.

John McDermott’s photography is on display as part of the permanent collection at the National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. His photographs are held in private collections worldwide and have been printed in numerous books and publications, including Time, Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times. He continues to photograph around the world; his latest project taking him to Bhutan.

John McDermott is one of the most-sought after guides for private photo expeditions in Asia. Currently, See Asia Differently offers enthusiastic photographers a photo expedition and workshop through the Angkor Archaeological Park and surrounding areas led by John himself.



from July 16, 2015 to September 25, 2015


John McDermott

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