Welcome to Cambodia Photo Tours by Michael Klinkhamer and welcome from wherever you are in the world. 
We are here in Cambodia-Phnom Penh to get you going to the “off the beaten track” locations, and to help you to be prepared to take wonderful pictures. Feel more confident and in touch with your photography passion during your stay in Cambodia.
Professional Photographer Michael Klinkhamer is leading a casual photo workshop-tour in Phnom Penh. During this half day or full day photo tour you will learn to set your camera for optimum results and discover exciting Phnom Penh City with your camera. This fast learning photo workshop is designed to make you a better photographer and get you safe to the best locations. For all levels, beginners, intermediate or advanced pro photographers. For Bookings Call: +85560873847. e-mail: info@cambodiaphototours.asia
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  • Half day from 7.15am-or 9.30am-or 13.30pm until 17.15pm.$55,-
  • Full day from    7.15am until 17.15pm. $110,-
  • 2.5 hours phototour available for $30,-
  • *Excluding Transportation 1/2 day $15- Full day $30,- tuk tuk on standby.

Cambodia Photo Tours also provides multi-day workshop tours from 2 days up-to 10 days workshop photo tours Cambodia wide.

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Including Siem Reap’s amazing Angkor Wat Temple complex,  the rice paddy economic and upcoming cultural  city of Battembang and also the former Khmer Rouge stronghold town Pailin, now a frontier town near the Thai border crossing, a haven for photo treks into the wild.
Please check out what we have to offer in the menu, and if you are aiming at something even more or personalized, let us know. We are here to help you and do like to talk about photography, travel and the endless photographic possibilities in South East Asia.

Thanks. Yours truly, Michael Klinkhamer.

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War Photographer Tim Page “SURVIVOR.”

Words by Michael Klinkhamer in Cambodia.© 2013
Photography: Tim Page and Michael Klinkhamer and others.

Tim Page is a an English born, war photographer(68)whose pictures became best known during the Vietnam war.  During the 1960s Page operated as a freelancer for UPI and Associated Press. His images where published around the world, including in Time and Paris Match magazines, and helped shape people’s perceptions on the conflict in South-East Asia. The drug-addled-brave war photographer played by actor Dennis Hopper in the movie Apocalypse Now (1979) was largely based on Page. He was regarded by his press friends from that time as one of the craziest and most daring photographers running around between Saigon, May Lay and Hamburger Hill. Sure, he has mellowed down since then, and now only smokes 30 joints a day, and drinks Coke with ice.

Tim Page © 2013 Photo: Michael Klinkhamer

“It’s all right, it’s all right! It’s all been approved!
“I shoot this war since 1964, in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam,” cries the actor Dennis Hopper during another mad scene from the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now!

Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now!

I meet Tim Page before the opening of his latest photo exhibition ‘Land is Life’ at META House. A cultural hotspot in Phnom Penh. His recent pictures are shown on  large A0 size prints. Pictures of landless and poor people of Cambodia finally receiving their own plot of land, through Social land concessions paid by the World Bank and the German organization GIZ at a $ 2 million budget a year program. Tim Page was hired to do the pictures.

Like a dinosaur in the digital age.

“Seriously, I work here for half a century in Southeast Asia, and by now I am feeling a bit like a extinct dinosaur in this digital age. I used to repair my own camera’s with nothing more than a knife and a small screwdriver. These day’s I don’t even want to know how to operate an I-phone camera! But I feel it’s a huge privilege for me to be able to keep working here in Cambodia, and being involved with taking pictures for a couple of development organizations (NGO’s) in my beloved Cambodia.”

Tim Page left his native England in 1962 as a 17-year-old boy to go travelling around Europe, to the Middle East and then through India and Nepal, into South East Asia. Page ended up flat broke in Laos. ”I was just dumb lucky to be in Laos on the right moment, and lucky to get those photo’s out of the country at the moment of an escalating civil war conflict, a kind of beginners luck. I was not a professional photographer at that time.” This luck led to regular work for UPI. Paying him $ 90, – per week as a regular correspondent for UPI. The Laos pictures were also noticed by an AP editor and photographer Horst Faas in Saigon.

Rookie photographer.

After this first break, Page went straight to Saigon, where he was considered a’rookie’ press photographer.
“I was only taken seriously by my colleagues after my first spectacular cover photo and a double page photo were published in Time-Life magazine. Before that I was the laughing stock for the editor, recalled Page. “I was just as green as grass, back then”.Well known journalists and writers of that time in Vietnam told in their newspaper and magazines publications about Tim Page as the most “extravagant” of all the lunatics that ran around with a camera in Vietnam.
“Eventually I also was mentioned in a couple of published Vietnam books, like ‘Dispatches’ by Michael Herr. After some time those books and articles and word-of-mouth stories apparently ended up with Francis Ford Copolla, the director of Apocalypse Now.”

TIM PAGE Out with the right gear.

“Also with Dennis Hopper. Who – as Page puts it “was completely insane at that time and lived on the brink of madness”.
Dennis Hopper really played himself with a bit of me as the freaky photographer in his mind. Everywhere I go it’s a good introductory story to tell, to say the least.”

Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now!


Shot four times, and live to tell.

Of stories he has plenty.”I covered my first combat in 1964 and was immediately thrown to the lions. During the Vietnam war I was four times wounded. In 1965 in Chu Lai by shrapnel in my face so I thought to have become blind, but that ended well. Then in a separate incident he suffered wounds to the head, back and arms. In 1966, on the South China Sea. He was caught in a ‘friendly’ fire incident and wounded up seriously injured at sea.“Three people slain, and a great number of serious injuries, including me”. Finally, in April 1969, I jumped out of a helicopter to cover a routine story during a evacuate mission with severely wounded and dead soldiers. We jumped from the helicopter and at the same time a sergeant who walked in front of me stepped on a landmine.
I got a 5 cm large piece of shrapnel in my head.
The fact that I sit here is a fact of pure luck, there is 20% of my brains surgically removed and my head is filled with a kind of epoxy plastic, so I’m partially paralysed. I must say that I have very been lucky to even survive that. ”

Un-winnable War.

“Through this series of serious injuries and accidents my fellow journalists joked that I would never make to 23 years. During combat operations, I always just joint in between the military. With my camera’s dangling around my neck. I had to survive. The soldiers gave me normally a weapon; that saved them extra work and meant they did not feel they had to watch over me. I was basically just as old as the average American soldier. Because of this, I was really one of them. I spoke the same, and lived the same.
So I could get really get up close and take a sort of dynamic pictures, that were fresh and not done before, it became my style of picture taking.”

Photo: Tim Page Universal Soldier.

Take pictures! Don’t think.
“The ultimate rush you get in a war situation, I must admit is very addictive. The adrenaline rush that you get during the fighting is greater than yourself, and once you jump out of a helicopter, you are part of a larger whole. There is no going back and you have to join in with the fight. I held my camera for my face and took pictures like crazy. I photographed everything, I saw- out of pure fear, really. Later, with more experience I got more control and chose my photo opportunities better. I was actually a total amateur when I arrived in Saigon in 1965. I just always had luck and I worked with very experienced journalists and photographers. Many of these people have unfortunately lost their lives in Vietnam.”

Losing his Best Friend.

“My best photo’s colleague, and ultimately my most important real friend of that time was Sean Flynn, the son of the famous Hollywood actor Errol Flynn.        Sean Flynn became a great independent war photographer who eventually was one of the last photographers that continued shooting the events after the war, in Vietnam and Cambodia. He did not make it until the end and was probably killed by the Khmer Rouge somewhere in the seventies on the border between Vietnam and Cambodia. Together with him I quickly learned the harsh and dangerous photojournalist profession, and we also had the most fun. ”

Tim Page falls silent and looks emotionally drained. He heaves a deep sighing and wipes the sweat from his face, smiles softly and takes a deep drag from his locally flavoured cigarette.

Photographer Seann Flinn, Photo by Dana Stone.

Requim for the doomed.

“During the seventies and eighties, I went back to Cambodia and Vietnam searching for the remains of missing journalists and photographers.
For example, my photography colleague Sean Flynn’s remains were never found. During my research on this “missed in action” and POWs (prisoners of war) I came in close contact with the Vietnamese media people and North- Vietnamese photographers of that time and so received more insight into their experiences in what they call ‘The American War’.

A National Geographic documentary was made in 2002- Vietnam’s Unseen War; Pictures from the Other Side. Page cites it as something he is proud of, along with  his 1997 book Requim, which commemorates the work of photographers killed in the South East Asia conflict.

Now he says, “My role is currently as someone who symbolizes all those photographers and journalists who died during the Vietnam War. All though my pictures are perhaps not as iconic as some of my fellow photographers, but most of those guys are dead so, I owe them that. I’ve always been really lucky and that’s why I am still here in Cambodia. It’s a great honour, really to do this and still be around. Yes, you could call me a Lucky Guy.”

All Images below from the book by Tim Page and Horst Faas. Requim; By the Photographers Who died in Vietnam.

Photo Tours & Workshop in Phnom Penh and Cambodia wide by Michael Klinkhamer.

Professional Photographer for over 25 years, Michael Klinkhamer is living and working in Phnom Penh-Cambodia more than four years.

“During my photo workshops and photo day field trips I like to share my experience and share my knowledge on photography and Cambodia with other photographers. I really like to provide more confidence and professional tools and useful tricks, so you will start to take better pictures, right away. From taking an intimate portrait from a local in a very busy street or to how to capture a meaningful landscape-architecture or simple natural wonder, like flowers or the smaller details of life that we often overlook.”

Cambodia Photo Tours participants reviewed on Tripadvisor: “Excellent Photo Workshop” “Showed results” “Wonderful way to visit Phnom Penh, great pictures too!”  “Fabulous intro to Phnom Penh – and great benefit to my photography”  “great day, learned a lot”   “Knowledgeable, flexible and patient!”

“Come and join me in Cambodia for the best experience in photography.” Cheers!

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Half and Full Day Photo Tours And workshops

Overview

Professional Photographer Michael Klinkhamer is leading a casual photo workshop-tour in Phnom Penh for over four years.You will learn and understand how to set your camera for optimum results and discover Phnom Penh City with your own camera.This photo workshop is designed to make you a better photographer and get the basics right. I will show you locations and hidden places and communities no other tour or guide will. If you are a more experienced, or pro photographer this tour is also priceless to get the best out of your time in Phnom Penh. Check also our Cambodia wide phototours. 

For Bookings Call: +85560873847. e-mail: info@cambodiaphototours.asia
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  • Half day from 13.30pm until 17.15pm. $55,-
  • Full day from    7.15am until 17.15pm. $110,-
  • Two and half hour phototour available $30,-
  • Excluding transportation by tuk tuk. (1/2 day $15- Full day $30,-)
  • Starts daily  from FCC Restaurant and Bar, 363 Sisowath Quay, Riverside, Phnom Penh
  • Early bird phototour from 7.15am until 11.30am $55,-

Example Itinerary

  • Full Instructions class and explaining camera basics and street photography if required.
  • Walking from FCC  on the riverside near the royal Palace through the interesting temple complex of Wat Ounalom.
  • Walking through the busy food market and the French Quarter of Phnom Penh.
  • Riding a motorized Tuk-Tuk to the architectural  interesting buildings and hidden locations.
  • Meeting friendly locals, monks, fisherman, Cham village and much more.
  • Alternatively we can visit an even more intense locations in the slums and former waste dump of Phnom Penh, about 20 minutes from the city center to get a sense of the other reality of people caught between a rock & a hard place.
  • Sailing the ferry to cross the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers to discover  unknown and more rural parts of Phnom Penh.
  • Visiting pagodas. meeting friendly and curious monks at their working and worshiping places.
  • Watching lotus fields and the Mekong river at sunset in the magical moment of light.
  • Great day tour in the countryside. Experiencing the real Cambodia. Phnom Chiso, is our destination, an ancient temple complex from the 11th century. A small Angkor Wat, just around 50 km from Phnom Penh. Enjoy also some Khmer food and a little rest after a good-mid level hike upon the 130m high hill with spectacular views and hidden photographic gems waiting for your lens.

 

Extra Long Custom organized Photo Tours and Workshop. ‘Into the heart and soul of Cambodia’.

Photography workshops and safari adventure phototours for Photographers of all levels in beautiful mysterious Cambodia.

Two or even up to 10 days of photo tours for photography tours & workshops in and around Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kratie, Mondulkiri, Battembang, etc.                   

Exciting Photography tour Packages including all accommodations and all transportation are available.

  • Michael is a long term resident in Phnom Penh since four years conducting safe and well organized photography tours in Phnom Penh and Cambodia wide. 
  • Enjoy your safe and good organized photography adventure in Cambodia in the company of an all-round experienced photographer and a long term resident in Phnom Penh since four years.
  • Get your photography skills to the next level with special assignments, nature, people, social, fine art, landscape and discover the deep cultural spirit of Cambodia through your lens. Daily image reviews and critique, editing sessions with Lightroom or other image editing apps.
  • Stay in personally  selected hotels & resorts and fine accommodations while traveling and working on your photography.
  • Meet Colorful friendly Khmer people and enjoy a safe and eco-conscious creative phototour around Cambodia.
  • Travel safe in a small group (3-4 max) or book your private tour.
  • Leave back home with an substantial portfolio on Cambodian images that will be personal and precious for many years. Contact Michael Klinkhamer directly for your personal advice and custom Itinerary.

      Sample Locations:

  • Phnom Penh city and its surrounding, like Silk island and Oudong Pagoda, Phnom Chisor near Phnom Penh. (2 days)
  • Kratie and Kaoh Trong Mekong Island and see the endangered Irrawaddy river dolphins.(2-3 days)
  • Siem Reap and the world  famous Temples of Angkor Wat. (2days)
  • Mondulkiri countryside. Ideal for jungle photo hiking and relaxing and enjoying the natural wonders and rainforest, near the Vietnam border. (3 days)
  • Battambang’s Colonial Architecture and natural wonders, lakes, caves. (2 days)
  • Shianoukville and Kampot beach day’s and hinterlands  photo tour explorations. A 4 hour drive from the capital city Phnom Penh.

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