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Fixer in Siem Reap

My crew and I are looking to go to Siem reap in May to film an episode for a travel series we’re doing. Does anyone have a reliable fixer to recommend? Please pm me or drop me an email at evevlander@gmail.com if you know of any good ones. Thank you!

by Eve Voigtlander at 2012-04-02 03:56:08 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

John Teng is great- He assisted me several times for my book, The Mysteries of Angkor Wat-
he has quite a following and books up early.
http://www.angkorservice.com/
johnangkor@yahoo.com
good luck

by richard sobol | 02 Apr 2012 13:04 | | Report spam→
Once you land in Siem Reap you will discover that a lot of the tuk tuk guys can double up as fixers. I was there for the photo fest last year and lot of people did exactly that. They are fluent in English and well versed with the region. So if you dont manage a fixer you can get there and work it out easy.

by Aditya Kapoor | 02 Apr 2012 18:04 | calcutta, India | | Report spam→
Hi Eve,
I sent you a PM….
Cheers,
Janos

by Janos Kis | 02 Apr 2012 19:04 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | | Report spam→
Hey Eve! How are you?? :-)

Aditya, why do you want to hit on the livelihood of professional fixers and suggest tuk tuk drivers? Well, anyway, you take a tuk tuk driver, you get a tuk tuk quality!

Let me give you an example. Apart from producing/line producing lot of news stories and documentaries, I also fix and will tell you one of my fixing experience. Albertina D’urso, a Lightstalkers member came to India to shoot a story about Mumbai’s night life, prostitutes, street, high class and even male sex workers (gigolo’s).

She could have taken a Taxi driver and he would have made the rounds of the red light districts and thats it. What I did was hang around the red light district for hours and hours and developed some friendships and trust. I also got myself introduced to a madam who deals in top class women ;-) I initially did not tell her about what we wanted and started taking her out for drinks etc and slowly gained her trust. One day I casually mentioned that I find her work mis-understood and I know a European photographer who would be interested to cover the story of your girls. She agreed and the rest is history! We met young boys who moonlight as sex workers too through some contacts which again is possible only through the dark contacts a fixer can develop.

I am sure work/life goes on whether you chose tuk tuk drivers or professional fixers. But I can bet my profession that the quality will be vastly different. Don’t equate fixers with tuk tuk drivers. If I tell your client that you really do not need an Aditya Kapoor, any photo studio guy who takes passport photos who can press the click button can be a photographer, would you find that acceptable?

by Uday Sripathi | 21 Apr 2012 08:04 | Mumbai, India | | Report spam→

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Participants

Eve Voigtlander, Eve Voigtlander
Singapore , Singapore
richard sobol, photojournalist, author richard sobol
photojournalist, author
(www.richardsobol.com)
[undisclosed location].
Aditya Kapoor, Photographer Aditya Kapoor
Photographer
(www.adityakapoor.com)
New Delhi , India
Janos Kis, photographer, fixer Janos Kis
photographer, fixer
(photographer)
Phnom Penh , Cambodia
Uday Sripathi, Fixer / Line Producer Uday Sripathi
Fixer / Line Producer
(Made in India!)
Mumbai , India ( BOM )


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