In 2008, I spent three and a half months in Kenya, covering the ethnic violence that escalated after a contentious election. East Africa’s most stable and burgeoning democracy descended into chaos, exposing large cracks in the system, deep wounds historic inequalities have left untreated. Some called it political genocide, others said it teetered on civil war. Either way, it’s a raw look at the face of street justice, and the brutalities that accompany it, in a society that largely lacks juridical recourse.
I spent a month wandering around the desert of Eastern Chad where a quarter million Darfur refugees are sustained by international aid agencies. European troops had just arrived under UN mandate to mount a peace-keeping mission to protect aid workers, locals and refugees from bandits and violence spilling over the border with Sudan. Darfuris fled a conflict over basic resources in Sudan 6 years ago, to a country already struggling with its own limitations, ushering Eastern Chad into a conflict of its own. The situation remains critical.
To view a selection of published works, click on the photograph.
In November 2011 I had the great privilege to lead the new Angkor Photo Festival workshop sponsored by Canon. I spent two days with a group of emerging photographers who were selected for the workshop by Canon’s representatives in Phnom Penh. The 7 students were winners of a photo contest conducted in the capital city. We [...]
Cambodia’s garment industry could rightfully be credited with pulling the country out of its post-war economic catastrophe. Investors from China, Malaysia and Singapore first opened factories here in 1994, just on the heels of two decades of war. Buoyed by the favourable trade conditions granted by the United States – conditions that mandated Cambodia’s garment [...]
It is with great pleasure that I announce my invitation to teach a new workshop sponsored by Canon at the 2011 Angkor Photo Festival in Siem Reap, Cambodia on November 20 and 21. Canon has organised a nine-category contest called Photo Marathon for budding Cambodian photographers, and the winners of each category will come to [...]
ASA Collective Projection O Palacio – 23 October E-12/70, Hauz Rani, opp. DLF Place Mall, Saket, New Delhi. Start Time: 19:00 My book project Color me Night shows at an evening of multimedia screenings by 8 international photographers, followed by a musical performance by Mike Hewitt (Saxophone), Kenny Akindele (African drums) and Michael Abraham ( [...]
My as yet unseen work that is the basis for a book, at left, will be screened at Cable Street Studios in London on October 7, 2010 at 19:00. This event is organized by ASA collective. I unfortunately cannot be there, but for those who can, please click on the map below for details on getting there: x [...]
In November 2008, I launched a long-term documentary project on the Kurds. A selection of images is now available, and interested parties may view the entire archive by requesting a password via email at info[at]thelightbox.net.
In conjunction with Anthropographia and Reporters Without Borders (RSF), my multimedia dispatch The Kenyan Crisis will be screened this year during NY Photo Festival on Saturday, May 15 at 8 p.m. at the Brooklyn Bridge Plaza in NYC. I will be present at this event.
My multimedia dispatch The Kenyan Crisis will be shown on the big screen along with 9 other web documentaries on human rights issues around the world at the Montreal Human Rights Film Festival. More information about the festival and screenings is available on the official website. Date: Sunday, March 14, 2010 Time: 7:00pm Location: ONF [...]
The Kenyan Crisis Multimedia Dispatch, a photo-documentary I put together on the post-election violence using the music of cellist extraordinaire, Zoe Keating, will show on the big screen along with other multimedia works on human rights issues at the Geneva Film Festival and International Forum on Human Rights (March 5 to March 14). The address [...]
Turkey has plans to build a massive dam on the Tigris river that would displace an estimated 55,000 people, submerge a 10,000-year old city, and could reduce water flow to neighboring Iraq and Syria by approximately 50%. Water disputes have troubled relations between the riparian countries for years. Existing Turkish dams on the Euphrates have [...]
I am in the process of putting together a book born of several years of travel, in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. It’s a collection of images, words, memories, and rewritten glories; moments lived under the cover of night, when the world goes to sleep, and another one awakens. The texts are a [...]
Anne Holmes is a freelance journalist currently based in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia. She lectures at Canon Imaging Academy in Phnom Penh, leads private media training workshops, provides media consulting services and lends her expertise at public speaking events. A classically trained artist, she received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago [...]
. Zoe Keating has kindly allowed me to screen the Kenyan Crisis Multimedia Dispatch, which I made using her amazing music. It will be shown at the following locations: March 5 to March 14 2010 : Geneva Film Festival and International Forum on Human Rights. March 15 2010 : Montreal Human Rights Film Festival. May [...]
The Kenyan Crisis Revisited Two years after the post-election violence rocked Kenya, I went searching back through my archives and discovered a black and white series which has a more documentary approach to the subject matter. I spent three months covering events in Kenya on a daily basis starting in January 2008. Most of my [...]
. I was unable to attend last year’s exhibit in Japan, but here are a few pictures from the two previous shows. In 2007 they showed my photographs from Afghanistan and Iran, as well as some watercolors I made. And in 2008, they exhibited photos from my Kurdish documentary project.