Sisters photographer Jay Mather is being recognized for his work in Cambodia during a time when the country was in turmoil. His work will be featured in the Visa Pour l´Image International Festival of Photojournalism near Paris in September.
Mather visited the country in 1979 when the communist Khmer Rouge regime had slaughtered 1.7 million people — 21-24 percent of Cambodia’s population.
Mather and reporter Joel Brinkley went on the lines of the refugee camps reporting and photographing the crisis in the surrounding areas. The Louisville (Kentucky) Courier sent Mather and Brinkley alongside doctors to document the brutality inflicted upon the Cambodian people, as well as treat the sick and starving refugees.