KEO SOTHY, right, a photographer with Cambodge Soir, passed away on the morning
of April 26. He was 37.
An orphan, Sothy managed to overcome the difficulties of life and pursue his love
of the arts. In 1987 he began studies at the Faculty of Beaux-Arts in the fields
of design and photography, but he often had to interrupt his studies to earn a living
by producing watercolor drawings or taking pictures. He joined Cambodge Soir in 1997
and demonstrated a keen eye for rural scenery and the smiles of children.
Sothy was a purist. He never failed to snap the shutter without being sure of capturing
the emotion of the moment and this drive for perfection gave him a reputation as
one of the best and most talented Cambodian photographers of his generation.
His perpetual good humor, his kindness and his gentle demeanor will be sadly missed
by all his family, friends and associates.
These are three of his photographs.