Chams Clichés (4) – Rowing… Cham Style…

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‘’Fête des eaux à Phnom Penh. Pirogues malaises et cambodgiennes’’ in Extrême Asie, Revue Indochinoise Illustrée, No 5, Mai 1926.

‘’Fête des eaux à Phnom Penh. Pirogues malaises et cambodgiennes’’ in Extrême Asie, Revue Indochinoise Illustrée, No 5, Mai 1926.

The sun is already high in the sky and the craft is on the water. Like so many others on the eve of the Water Festival, a long dragonboat is almost set to leave for Phnom Penh. This is the last chance training. To cheer his team, a jolly man in the middle of the boat is delivering a continuous array of songs and gags, dirty jokes and wordplays, far from his customary austerity. He is the bilal of the village, the one who calls the faithful Muslims to the daily prayer. Continue reading

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Back to the ‘multi-ethnic’ infinity and beyond: Girlfriends & Shopping

The picture is as simple as it gets. An absolute statement that minimalism is understated. When a single studio portrait can unpack so much. An invitation to question ethnic borders and limits. In a previous post it was all about Phnom Penh. Now let’s go along the river to Sala Lekh Pram, sit for a minute and see that indeed cosmopolitanism was never strictly a capital thing.

Moeun at a Sala Lekh Pram Photo Studio - 1962

Moeun at a Sala Lekh Pram Photo Studio – 1962

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