About the photographer: Colin Grafton

About the Photographer, Colin Grafton

Photo: Steve Porte

Born in London, England, in 1947, Colin Grafton traveled overland to Asia in 1969. He taught English and took photographs in Laos (1970-72) and Cambodia (1972-1975). He went to Japan, taught Japanese overseas volunteers (JOCV/JICA) until 1980, then returned to Thailand as a volunteer worker in the Cambodian refugee camps. He held his first photo exhibition on Cambodia in the UK in 1981. Later, after 3 years in South America, he returned to Japan where he continued teaching, worked as English language advisor for ACCU (Asia/Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO) in Tokyo, and produced several photo exhibitions on Laos & Cambodia. He returned to Cambodia on a visit in 1992, became a frequent visitor and settled here in 2014. Since then, he and his wife Keiko have worked on exhibitions and projects at Bophana Center, Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum and Meta House. They are now preparing a photo-book version of “Dancers”.

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