10 Students at the Centre for Children's Happiness, a centre for orphans and disadvantaged children in Phnom Penh, take to the streets to capture the essence of Cambodia.

Meet the photographers (above) then scroll down and explore the archives to see their progress each week....


The exhibition of the final work of the Smile Project will take place with an opening exhibition on 25 October 2008 at Gasolina (Street 57) in BKK, Phnom Penh. The exhibition will run for a month. We hope you visit to view the children's work.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Lesson 2 - The Central Market:Sambath's best images

On Saturday the CCH students visited the Central Market with their instructors. For some of the children, despite living in Phnom Penh, they had never been to the central market before. This is not all that surprising given how far away from the centre of the city they live. The visit provided for some good photo opportunities for all students - They were only just getting used to the cameras given to them some 20 minutes prior to taking some of these shots.

Lesson 2 - The Central Market: Piset's best images

Lesson 2 - The Central Market: Thavery's best images

Lesson 2 - The Central Market: Thea's best images

Lesson 2 - The Central Market: Raruth's best images

Sunday, July 20, 2008

First lesson

The first lesson took place on 19 July 2008.

We considered other amateur photographers work that was probably done with a point and shoot camera. - It is not the make of camera but the person operating it who is responsible for a good or a not so good photo. The purpose was to inspire thought for the student's photography that will start next week.

The students learnt what "street" or documentary photography is - Wikipedia's commentary on the subject as well as some general photographs (famous and not) are below.

The students received instruction on the need to hold the camera correctly and to think about angle and positioning. We also discussed whether the students would feel awkward asking Khmers if they could have their photo taken and the benefits of taking candid photos without first obtaining permission.