Photographs By Michael Vickery Show 1960s Cambodia in a New Light

But Vickery was always more interested in the lives of remote communities and ethnic minority tribes, and his photographs reflect this. The people he photographed would have lived much as their ancestors did, farming rice or foraging in forests.

Phnom Penh – A child with a half-shaved head stares straight at us with a challenge in his eyes. Another group of children, one smoking a pipe, crowd around and stare, open-mouth and plaintive, as if they are about to break into shouts. A woman points a gun straight ahead, seemingly just a hair to the left of our heads.

These are all scenes from a new photography exhibition, “Cambodia in the 1960s,” at Phnom Penh’s Bophana Audiovisual Resource Center, which pays tribute to the late American historian and anthropologist Michael Vickery.

The exhibit showcases photographs from Vickery’s archive that provide rarely seen glimpses into rural Cambodian lives from the 1960s.

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