Patrick de Noirmont is a veteran photographer and editor with more than 35 years experience with the wire services. He started with UPI and was involved in the teams that launched both the AFP and Reuters International Picture Services. In addition to running various wire service bureaus in Paris, Johannesburg and Bangkok, he has covered numerous events including the Yom Kippur war in Israel, the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the first Gulf War, and the transition in South Africa from apartheid. Assignments sent him to Somalia, Rwanda, Burundi and Zaire. In Asia, he witnessed the military advances of the Taliban in Afghanistan, the handover of Hong Kong, the coup in Cambodia and the fall of President Suharto. He has worked part time for the Associated Press in Paris until 2010.
Patrick de Noirmont is now based in Thailand where he has worked for the Rockefeller foundation and various NGO’s. He has been part of the free educational workshop of the Angkor Photo festival since 2005.