Cambodian Room

Cambodian Room

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Magnum photographer Antoine DAgata has become a little too intimate with the subject of his photo series. In order to get to know the seamy side of Cambodia, he goes to the end of the end. In Phnom Penh, he moves in with a drug-addicted prostitute named Lee, who not only allows DAgata to photograph her, but shares her crack pipe and her bed with him as well. When she asks him what he really wants from her, he admits that he hopes the pictures will earn him money. DAgata has been throwing himself into projects like this for twenty years now, despite the fact that he is blind in his right eye and myopic in his left. This has not stood in the way of his career as a photographer of the subclass. On the contrary, Its the darkness that brought me up. The film camera employs a similar observational yet alienating style, following the couple from up close while they spend weeks in a stuffy room, in voluntary confinement. The claustrophobic atmosphere of this documentary debut is interspersed with gruesome street shots and uncompromising photos by DAgata, who has increasing doubts about his profession as a photographer.
Journalist Philippe Azoury is worried and comes for a visit, forcing DAgata to question his unorthodox working method. Together, they discuss the emotional life that underlies the photographers work.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 56 pages
  • 134 x 186 x 12mm | 181.44g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2 colour illustrations
  • 8869653196
  • 9788869653193
  • 458,348

About Tommaso Lusena de Sarmiento

Tommaso Lusena de Sarmiento is a film director and a director of photography. He works as director of photography for television and cinema alongside directors such as Franco Maresco. From 2011 he has held filmmaking seminars at the Scuola d'arte Cinematografi ca Gian Maria Volonte, in Rome. "The Cambodian Room" (2009) is his first feature documentary. Giuseppe Schillaci is a director and a writer. In 2010 his first novel, "L'anno delle ceneri" (Nutrimenti, Italy) was nominated for the Strega Italian Book Award and reached the fi nal selection for the John Fante award. Among his documentaries is "Cosmic Energy" (2011). Christian Caujolle studied under Michel Foucault, Roland Barthes and Pierre Bourdieu in Paris. During the 80s he was photo editor for "Liberation," a time when the newspaper was acclaimed for its bold use of photography and design. In 1986 he founded the French photography agency VU and in 1998 the Vu Gallery, wich he directed until 2006. In 2008 he created the Photo Phnom Penh Festival in Cambogia. He is an internationally respected writer and critic on photography.
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