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Steff Gruber

Smor San

Smor San is a community that lives in a cemetery in Phnom Penh. The inhabitants have constructed makeshift houses on top of around 200 graves and coffins, or inhabited vacant burial chambers. They moved into the cemetery after sand dredging had led to the collapse of their houses on the riverbank.

Awards

World Photo Annual

2023

Nominee

Photojournalism

Professional

Smor San

Smor San is a community that lives in a cemetery in Phnom Penh. The inhabitants have constructed makeshift houses on top of around 200 graves and coffins, or inhabited vacant burial chambers. They moved into the cemetery after sand dredging had led to the collapse of their houses on the riverbank.

About Artist

Steff Gruber

Steff Gruber (1953) is a Swiss photographer and filmmaker. He worked as a press photographer for Keystone Press and was one of the first filmmakers to explore the docudrama genre. He became internationally known with his documentary LOCATION AFRICA about the filming of COBRA VERDE, the last collaboration between Werner Herzog and Klaus Kinski. His award-winning films have been shown at various international film festivals. Based on his interest in documentaries, Steff Gruber began shooting photo stories in various countries, focusing, in particular, on human interest subjects and humanist concerns. Visiting places and people on repeated occasions, many of his photo series were produced over a period of several years. In 2020 Steff Gruber opened the LUMIERE.GALLERY for digital photo exhibitions. Steff Gruber is a member of the Swiss Association of Journalists and Photographers IMPRESSUM.

Photographic Areas of Focus

Fine Art, People, Photojournalism, Portrait

Location

Switzerland

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