John McDermott at Angkor

John first came to Cambodia in 1995 to photograph the temples of Angkor under the light of a total eclipse of the sun. This moment inspired a long- term fine art project, which captured the temples before the arrival of large-scale tourism. Since then, John has continued the series throughout Asia, focusing on ancient temples and cultural heritage sites.  His travels have taken him to Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia and Jordan as he photographs sacred sites and the living culture that surrounds them. He now lives with his wife and two children in Siem Reap, Cambodia, where he founded two galleries.


John’s fine art images are on display as part of the permanent collection at the National Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  His photographs are held in private collections worldwide and have been printed in numerous books and publications, including Time, Newsweek, The International Herald Tribune, and The New York Times.  His commercial photography projects focus on architecture, hotels, and destinations throughout the region.