Climate change is real. The rainy reason lasted until November 27, one day after the opening of the Photo Phnom Penh festival, even though it was a late opening date in the festival’s history. Now it’s hot, too hot for the season during the day, but the evenings are lovely. As usual, doubts persisted up to the last moment regarding the availability of exhibition spaces, including the Grande Galerie in the Université Royale des Beaux-Arts, the site of the festival’s 5th anniversary exhibition, which featured the work of 76 photographers—a third of them Cambodian—who have participated in the festival since 2008. Stress levels dropped once we got last-minute permission to use the spaces. We just had to wait for some unscheduled construction to finish before hanging the exhibition’s 100 photographs. The captions were put in place only a few hours before the opening.
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