New Geoffrey Hiller Website January 14, 2013Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Cambodia.
“New World “construction site, Phnom Penh, Cambodia 2011
Editors’ Note: Are websites for photojournalists relevant any more? Yes, I strongly believe they are. In this world of social media we can lose sight of the importance of editing our work. Making photographs seems all too easy these days but an image gains its value from the time spent considering and presenting it as well. This is why I have always required that photographers have a solid website before they are featured on Verve Photo. Facebook snapshots and disposable instagram feeds just don’t cut it. I’d personally like to see photographers put more effort into editing their work and presenting it in the best possible form.
I’m pleased to announce the launch of my redesigned website – 40 years behind the camera. I’ve recently been scanning in prints and transparencies from projects in Harlem, San Francisco, and Eastern Europe, among other places. It’s been a valuable couple months reflecting on my life’s work.
The photography of Geoffrey Hiller has been published in magazines in the USA, Europe, and Japan including Geo, Newsweek, Mother Jones and the New York Times Magazine. He has completed dozens of photo essays in Asia, Latin America, Europe and West Africa and was on the staff of the Brazilian edition of National Geographic for two years. His award-winning multimedia projects about Vietnam, Eastern Europe, Ghana, Burma, and Brazil have earned recognition from Apple Computer, The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today. He has received grants from the Paul Allen Foundation, the California Arts Council, Regional Arts and Culture Council in Portland, Oregon, among others. Hiller was a Fulbright recipient in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 2008-2009. Most recently he has been working as an international media trainer in India, Burma (Myanmar), and Cambodia.
About the Photograph
“This photo was shot at the New World construction site on the outskirts of Phnom Penh last year as part of a story about new housing development in Cambodia’s capital city. A worker from the countryside rests after a ten-hour shift. Most live on site nearby in what look like squatter camps. After illegal evictions and land grabs, developers go on to build suburban-style housing for the growing upper middle class. I was struck by dramatic changes to this once pristine landscape. Most of these plots were recently farm land and rice fields. Now they are beginning to resemble suburban tracts in southern California, complete with Lexus SUVs parked in their garages.”