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Photographers raise funds for Covid affected communities

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Local4Local is a youth-run food-drive that supports a three-way sustainable ecosystem where meals are prepared and cooked by street vendors, delivered by cyclo drivers, and received by those in need on the streets in different areas of Phnom Penh. Photo supplied

Photographers raise funds for Covid affected communities

More than 35 Cambodia-based photographers have donated images as part of the Art4Food campaign, aimed at raising funds for food for local communities affected by Covid-19.

The campaign brings together photographers from diverse backgrounds, with photographs ranging from daily life in Phnom Penh’s bustling markets to Cambodia’s unsung coral reefs.

In a press release on May 3, Art4Food said all proceeds will go towards Local4Local, a volunteer-run initiative that has so far donated more than 4,000 meals to communities around the capital who have been hit hard by the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

“We, the photographers, have been living here and taking thousands of photos of people’s everyday life for years”, said Shunsuke Miyatake, a campaign organiser.

“The Cambodian people have taught us how beautiful everyday life in Cambodia is ... We can't thank them enough for their kindness. So, we have decided to give it back to them through photography,” he said.

Local4Local aims to create a sustainable programme by purchasing meals prepared by street vendors which are delivered by cyclo drivers to communities that need them the most.

“It’s incredible to see Phnom Penh’s photography community come together for one cause. Any photographers who want to join the campaign please get in touch,” said Shunsuke.

Art4Food organiser Raphael Pech and Shunsuke told The Post on May 3 that the campaign’s next plan is to make this idea of promoting art for charity sustainable.

“But also for the artists, [this is] something balanced between charity, artists and print professionals, showcasing anonymous talent and developing fine art photos in Cambodia,” they said.

Prints start from $10.50 and are available for purchase on the campaign’s website(https://www.art4food.org/) until the end of the month.

The full gallery can also be seen on the campaign’s instagram (@art4foodkh) and updates of Local4Local’s work on Telegram (https://t.me/local4local).

Art4Food is a creative campaign created by a group of diverse photographers in Cambodia seeking to create the first online social art gallery, where all proceeds raised from artwork go towards Local4Local.

Local4Local is a youth-run food-drive that supports a three-way sustainable ecosystem where meals are prepared and cooked by street vendors, delivered by cyclo drivers, and received by those in need on the streets in different areas of Phnom Penh.

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