Jan 1995 - Present
John McDermott Photography
- Over 15 years experience as a professional photographer - Prints of Angkor are part of the permanent collection at the National Museum in Phnom Penh - Photographs were hailed by The New York Times as “not just beautiful but iconic” John McDermott's love for Asia began in the early 1990s when he moved from the US to Thailand to join the staff of a magazine based in Bangkok as Chief Photographer. During his travels on assignments, McDermott developed a strong personal interest in the many cultural heritage sites and ancient historical ruins spread across the continent. In 1995 McDermott travelled to Cambodia to witness a total eclipse of the sun passing over Angkor. Inspired by the surreal, otherworldly light of the eclipse, he returned again and again over the next several years to create a definitive artistic record of Angkor before the arrival of large-scale tourism. John’s large format Angkor prints are 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.
His works have been collected in his book, Elegy: Reflections on Angkor, which was hailed by The New York Times as “not just beautiful but iconic.” John has also received international recognition at the Lux Awards, ADDY Awards, Epson International Pano Awards as well as the Black and White Spider Awards. In addition to Angkor, John’s fine art subjects include ancient temples and cultural heritage sites throughout Southeast Asia. His travels have taken him to Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, India, Bali and even as far afoot as Jordan as he photographs sacred sites and the living culture that surrounds them. He now lives with his wife and two children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he founded two galleries that exhibit his work.