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‘The West Gate’, at Angkor Thom in 2008. McDermott first came to Siem Reap in 1995 to watch a solar eclipse above Angkor Wat, which he said inspired his signature use of infrared photography as he tried to recreate the effect.
‘The West Gate’, at Angkor Thom in 2008. McDermott first came to Siem Reap in 1995 to watch a solar eclipse above Angkor Wat, which he said inspired his signature use of infrared photography as he tried to recreate the effect.

Angkor’s Elegy

Dubbed the “Ansel Adams of Angkor” by The New York Times, John McDermott took these photos of Angkor when there were few tourists. With the help of an ongoing Kickstarter campaign, which raised $50,000 in just three days, he plans to publish the second edition of his coffee table art book Elegy: Reflections on Angkor.

Photos by John McDermott.

‘Two Faces’, at the Bayon in 2001.
‘Two Faces’, at the Bayon in 2001.
‘Monk in the Wind’, taken at Angkor Wat in 2001.
‘Monk in the Wind’, taken at Angkor Wat in 2001.
‘Tangled Roots’, at Koh Ker in 2013.
‘Tangled Roots’, at Koh Ker in 2013.
‘Twisted Tree’, at Ta Prohm in 2001. Most of the shots were taken before Angkor’s days of mass tourism.
‘Twisted Tree’, at Ta Prohm in 2001. Most of the shots were taken before Angkor’s days of mass tourism.
‘Warriors– The Battle of Kurukstera’, at Angkor Wat in 2009.
‘Warriors– The Battle of Kurukstera’, at Angkor Wat in 2009.
‘Temple Lions and Clouds,’ at Pre Rup in 2008.
‘Temple Lions and Clouds,’ at Pre Rup in 2008.
‘Bayon Face and Clouds’, at the Bayon in 2010. The crowds have made McDermott’s job more difficult in recent years.
‘Bayon Face and Clouds’, at the Bayon in 2010. The crowds have made McDermott’s job more difficult in recent years.

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