Monday, March 31, 2008

Publikasi di Koran Tempo



Minggu kemarin, 28 Maret 2008, Koran Tempo menerbitkan seri foto saya mengenai Angkor di kolom fotografinya. Judulnya pada edisi hari minggu tersebut: "Merawat Angkor". Lima buah foto mengenai revitalisasi dan usaha pelestarian situs bersejarah Angkor di Kamboja. Saya cukup puas dengan pemilihan foto oleh editor Koran Tempo walau lima foto buat saya terasa kurang banyak (yah, fotografer memang banyak maunya :D).

Untuk foto-foto yang lebih lengkap mengenai "Saving Angkor", bisa dilihat di http://www.ronyzakaria.com/photos/features/saving_angkor_2007/index.html

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Kutipan Pilihan

"Kalau mati, dengan berani, kalau hidup dengan berani. Kalau keberanian tidak ada, itulah sebabnya setiap bangsa asing bisa jajah kita" - Pramoedya Ananta Toer dalam Larasati

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Out of My Mind


Street Scene, Jakarta, 2008 / Rony Zakaria

It's already March, the third month in 2008 and yet I'm still in Jakarta. I have nothing against Jakarta beside its traffic congestion, heavily poluted air, its notorious criminal rates and the last but not least overpopulation. Ok, let me correct my statement: I have everything against Jakarta and have every reason to leave this capital of Indonesia. But despite all that, I can't go right away, well it's kinda' sucks but I will be in Jakarta at least for another month.

Trying to feel content, I decided to give my self and this town a chance to make our peace. So, I grabbed my camera and start walking on the streets of Jakarta. I've been living in Jakarta since I was born and when I began photography four years ago, until this very second I almost never produced a work about Jakarta. Maybe this will be away for me to understand more about Jakarta before judging it prematurely.

I really enjoy shooting in the streets and I think it is also a good way to improve my patience. Something that I realize I'm lacking of.

Alex Webb, a Magnum photographer said about his method of work "I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heart of the known awaits just around the corner".

So, I'm having a truce with Batavia for now.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Exhibition in Taipei


I'm exhibiting several of my photos in an exhibition at River gallery, Taipei. Kloie Picot, a Canadian photographer based in Taiwan and a friend of mine, invited me to submit several of my work.

The exhibition itself is intended for charity. All the photos in the exhibition are for sale and all the profit will be given for the benefit of the Palestinian and Iraqi refugee.

I won't be coming since I'm still stuck in Jakarta right now. But certainly hope that the exhibition will doing well for the artists and the purpose.