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Phnom Penh Photo 2012 –Kambudja Mag

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Back in the mid 1960’s when magazines featured photojournalism and the likes of Life in the United States or Paris-Match in France sold over a million copies, Cambodia had its very own Kambudja, a monthly of the same type. You could get it either in English or French. The magazine’s manager, editor and driving force was none other than Norodom Sihanouk. It portrayed the country and its development in a very positive light. A look at the table of contents of each issue reveals a regular dose of politics, with the head of State’s travels in number one position, followed by efforts to modernize agriculture and industry. There was also caricatures, most of them anti¬American, along with a section on culture that highlighted the country’s rich tradition or… songs written by Norodom Sihanouk himself automatically listed in the contents of the magazine. The printing quality wasn’t always something to write home about, but the fact that pictures were given a major place is notable and puts the publication on par with the leading illustrated media journals of the time.

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