South China Morning Post

More exposure for the found project with a spread of images in the South China Morning Post

 

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Article and Gallery in The Guardian Newspaper

FoundCambodia has received a lot of press since the launch of the website in the last few weeks, Its been great to see such interest in a project that I always felt was rather niche but ultimately fascinating and one I started for my own reasons and interests, that being said to know others feel the same way as I do

The Guardian newspaper ran an article and a gallery of the images on their website on Friday 17th April, which this year marks the 40th anniversary of the fall of Phnom Penh to the Khmer Rouge. You can read the article here and view the gallery here. Thank you for your continued interest in this project there are many more exciting posts to come.

Article in the weekend edition of the Cambodia Daily

FoundCambodia received some more press this weekend. The Cambodia Daily ran a series of images in their weekend edition. I will post the PDF when I get a copy but in the meantime you can see it online HERE

The article talks about a man called Vira, I have so much to say about the chance connection with Vira and his images, as I learn more about his incredible story I will share with you.

Welcome to the new home of FoundCambodia

Welcome to the new home of FoundCambodia, it’s been a long time in development.. when the project started as a blog I had always considered that as the first stage of a project that would inevitably grow as I found more images and uncovered more narratives. The blog was a success and helped me to get to grips with what the project is and what it could be. Ultimately the blog had limitations in the way the images were presented. I wanted to make a workable online archive that viewers could search and share, create a more accessible home for the project.

 

Making such a site from scratch took a lot of work, and I would like to thank Robert Starkweather at K4 Media, for his creativity and hard work in making the site. In all it has taken 4 months to build but it’s been worth the wait. FoundCambodia is now how I had originally envisaged the project and feels like a suitable home for the images.

 

Ultimately the core principle remains, to preserve the images and memories of Cambodians and show how through images everyday Cambodia has rebuilt itself. Fashions have come and gone, photographs have been painted, manipulated, and relationships that have turned sour have been cut out .. a final act underlining the end of a relationship. Damage of images inevitable, heat and moisture are both big culprits to the disintegration of what in many cases is the only copy of a photograph. Memories are fading too, who took the images, when and where at times is hazy but the traces that have been documented prove compelling and touching insights into everyday life.

 

What might be considered mundane becomes fascinated when you consider Cambodia’s recent history and what is and has been important to Cambodians from day to day is offered to us in their own words and images, a privileged insight.

 

There is one more very notable addition, “Before” looks a images prior to the Khmer Rouge.. initially I had only planned to look at images after 1979 but when I visited homes of families gracious enough to share their stories it was impossible to reject images pre genocide..it takes great courage to talk about loss and trauma and emotions are raw, they are rare images, many were lost and destroyed so when they do surface they offer a deep insight.

 

I hope you find this project of interest, new images will be posted when they are found for updates please follow the site or follow on twitter

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