For those of you out there with a photographic itch to scratch, travel to exotic places for photo ops has to be high on your list of “to do’s”. So, for your photography travel wish list this season, Argo would like to suggest one of the most exotic and absolutely the coolest photo trip possible. Jim Cline Photo Tours is offering the unique opportunity of a lifetime for some, an Angkor Photo Workshop at Cambodia’s Khmer temples of Angkor.
Limited to 15 participants, The Angkor Photo Workshop will be an intimate immersion into the photographic art and the subject. Face time with world renown photographer/adventurers, road trips, this is an unbelievable opportunity to learn, explore, and expand upon one’s own skills.
The Angkor Workshop participants will receive lectures, one-on-one instructions, assignments, and a general exploration of all things photographic during their journey. Learning and applying skills onto a subject of unparalleled beauty and historic significance, what more adventurous photography adventure could there be?
A Bit About Angkor
As a location for shooting, its hard to imagine a more photogenic, adventurous, or significant subject than Siem Reap, Cambodia and the temples of Angkor. The legacy of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations, the Khmer Empire, is nothing if not awe inspiring.
From the 9th to 15th Centuries the Khmer Hindu monarch declared themselves “god kings” and ruled all of the region from these fabulous palaces and temples. If you ever saw the movie Tomb Raider, or a dozen others, the majestic beauty and mystery of this place must have touched you. Angkor was actually the largest pre-industrial city in the world.
Jim Cline is an award-winning travel photographer from San Diego, California. Renowned for his willingness and ability to create images of extraordinary impact. Capturing the places and essence of culture in them, about the world, this is Jim’s effort to transcend ordinary photography. As you can see in the images included, place is imprinted literally with the person and tradition.
The tour leader for this photo excursion will be none other than Karl Grobl, Jim’s partner and one of the world’s most respected photographic talents. Karl’s humanitarian efforts, along with his documentation of humane projects and subject around the world, have stamped his name indelibly into the fabric of quality photography.
Karl has shot for some 80 different NGOs in over 50 countries. His wonderful photos capture the human side of triumph and tragedy, many of them appearing in such publications as; Newsweek, on CNN, Geo, Town and Country magazine and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The image below is from a relief effort to Cuba shoot, capturing the essence of place and humanity as you can see.
The Sum of All Coolness
Joining Grobl on such a Cambodian adventure, it goes without saying, not many photo ops for the budding travel photographer could equal this. For the rest of the crew of photographers who will join you in Cambodia, visit the team page of Jim’s website here. Be advised also, that there are currently only three places left for this opportunity. You can get reserved, check other photo workshops and tours, or contact Jim via the links here too – or alternatively, click on the photos above.
On a final note, one thing I really like about these photo tours is the way Jim and his team have tried to include for their guests as much information as it possible about the journey. Helpful packing hints, health and safety concerns, the equipment needed for the workshops, you name it, and they have touched on the data even from within their website. This has to be one of the coolest guided tours anywhere, let us know what you think.
We would also like to thank Jim and Karl for allowing us to use some of their wonderful photos here. We leave you with the National Geographic clip of where you will be headed in Cambodia.