This documentary series was a part of an important assignment I photographed at the Handicap International Rehabilitation Center in Cambodia.
Apart from physiotherapy and the production and repair of equipment, the centers offer patients a social follow-up. Amongst these patients, there is obviously a large number of mines victims, but the centers welcome a wide diversity of people and types of disabilities, and even offer specific services to children suffering from cerebral palsy and babies suffering from clubfoot.
First I built a good relationship between eighter the children and landmine victims. That based on communication, tolerance, confidence, empathy and trust. Hope my project raise awarness of the subject.
Today still, Cambodia remains amongst the countries more severely affected by the problem of mines and unexploded ordnance, both for the number of victims and in terms of contaminated surface. Since 1979, more than 60,000 people have either died or been wounded by these weapons, leading to 19,000 deaths and causing around 9,000 amputations.
Janos Kis is a Hungarian photographer has been living for many years across different countries like France, USA, Japan, Israel & Cambodia. He’s completely self taught and learned his craft through years of practice and experimentation. Janos has studied Sociology at Janus Pannonius University of Pecs & Assistant camera & Cameraman craft at School of Hungarian Society of Cinematographers "HSC Film Crew School". Janos’s main interest is in Social documentary, Photojournalism, Humanitarian and Street photography.
He's working on several long term project and documenting the life of migrant workers, asylum-seekers, child labor, landmine victims and children with congenital disorders.
Regardless of the subject matter, Janos is interested in depicting obvious and essential details of life that are often overshadowed by larger, more newsworthy circumstances. He works primarily as freelance documentary photographer / photojournalist and available for Non Profit/NGO’s clients as well.
Janos is available to photograph on assignment to help you meet your corporate, advertising, and/or editorial image needs and video "documentary" reportages in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East, Africa & Worldwide.
Janos provides pre-production and fixer services for foreign film crews and journalists. Has experience working with awarded directors.
Clients includes Engram Film, Vertigo Pictures, Channel NewsAsia...
Janos is member of the Overseas Press Club of Cambodia and contributing photographer for the South Korean Penta Press news agency.
Publication include: Phnom Penh Post, Eye See Media, Global Voices, CrowdVoice, Nikon Pro Magazine, Amerikai Nepszava, Handicap International, Open Democracy, Peace Dialogue, Moments, etc...
Articles in Asia Life Magazine, Phnom Penh Post, Nikon Pro Magazine
He’s works were exhibited in Hungary and Cambodia. The latest exhibition was a charity fundraising in Wat Ketseraram held for a "Little Nun" who suffers from Down syndrome.
During the 4 days long assignment at Handicap International Cambodia Siem Reap Rehabilitation Center I maintained a strong relationship with landmine “victims” survivals and the parents for those children were born with birth defects “suffering from cerebral palsy and babies suffering from clubfoot”.
I divided my work into two parts. 1. Once I photographed the general rehabilitation of mine victims and the process of creating custom fit prosthetic limbs. 2. The second part of my documentary focusing those moments are visually undoubtedly explaining the dramatic, sometimes defenselessness situations. These people came to the center for HELP and they all know, this is the right place to get Hope and adequate support from the highly skilled staff. My social issue is focusing for the mind victims and the children were born with cerebral palsy. They couldn’t have chance to live an adequate life without the help of Handicap International Cambodia. The institution provides 100% free services for the patients.
These pictures in the gallery are part of the second project, and I HOPE will reach the right forum and get publicity. More black and white & color photos are available for publication or exhibition.
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