Ari or Arisack
Simphoukham is a leading young Laotian-American photographer in the Los Angeles
area, the oldest of four children born to Mr. Phoukeo and Ngai Simphoukham. They
fled Laos to Thailand and spent sometimes in a refugee camp in the Philippines
before finally arriving in the United
States in 1987, and settling down in Stockton, California, where they have lived ever since.
fascination about photography surfaced in high school where he had to do a
project for his senior year. And of
course, he did his research in photography. His interest in that field deepened
when he attended university. After spending a few years at the University of
California at Davis studying Political Sciences, he realized that he wanted to
pursue his interest in photography and make a career out of it.
that day onward, Ari became a self-taught photographer as he told VOA “I’ve
never had a formal training in photography. I taught myself. I would spend hours in book stores, reading anything
about photography. It was not easy when I first started taking photography as a
career choice. Since I’ve never had formal training, I am a self-taught
photographer. Nowadays, everyone can be a photographer because digital cameras
are very cheap. You have to
keep practice, work at it every single day. Do search to learn from pros, volunteer
or even pay for it.”
wedding photography is his outstanding achievement, unique and different from
everyone else’s because he not only captures the beautiful moments, but also
captures the stories behind those beautiful images. Ari says he feels very
proud knowing that he has become a part of people lives, once he captured the once-in-a-lifetime
concluded our interview with this…
"My recommendation to the younger generation
out there is that…Go for what you want in life. Be patient, work hard and be
determined to pursue what you want. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do
anything in life because anything is possible and you can do it."
Ari lives and works in Los Angeles, California. For additional info go to http://www.justari.com/
Listen to the whole interview in Lao by clicking any audio files above.