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Cambodian Photographers Take Back the Lens

Posted By Administration, Friday, July 3, 2009
Updated: Friday, December 27, 2013

New galleries and agencies have opened in Cambodia to promote work of native photographers. Local photographers, long unsung or sidelined by foreign journalists, are honing their skills and mounting shows.

While Pol Pot was still alive and civil war raged, it was a great time to be a photographer in Cambodia. That's unless you happened to be Cambodian.

At the first scent of blood the testosterone-fueled pack, largely routine invaders from the safe haven of Bangkok, would assemble, all too appropriately at Phnom Penh's Foreign Correspondents Club. Meanwhile the few Cambodians lucky enough to have access to a camera could be found snapping tourists emerging from the Royal Palace nearby or in Siem Reap, positioning honeymoon couples on the causeway of Angkor Wat.

Read the complete article in The New York Times.

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