SEVEN photographers from the School of Fine Arts are exhibiting 28 pictures at
the Cambodiana, until Feb 25. They are taught by French photographer Thierry
Diwo, under the auspices of Arts Cambodge. France's Ministry of Culture and
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the town of Montreuil, donate $30,000 a year to
The second-year students learn photography in conjunction
with painting or sculpture. Last year they studied black and white, and this
year have used colour to great effect in a richly photogenic country where the
light and the contrasts are dramatic.
Sovannara Khem fills his picture
with a foreground of blue-green waterlillies, stretching away towards palm
trees, while in the centre, a boy plunges his fishing basket into the water.
Rural idylls characterise Bun Kong's pictures, who captures images of bright
yellow rice being harvested by a wistful girl in a red krama. Photos are on sale
at $60 each.