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Luis Curran | profile | all galleries >> Cambodia 1999 >> Phnom Penh >> The City tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

The City

On April 17. 1975, Khmer Rouge forces, who had besieged Phnom Penh for months, filed into the capital and declared the dawning of a new era: Cambodia was to begin again. Overnight the Khmer Rouge embarked upon the most radical revolution in human history. They evacuated the towns and cities, forcing people into the countryside, and mobilized the entire population in their attempt to transform Cambodia into a rural, classless utopia from which few would return. They then closed the borders and Cambodia vanished.
I have seen, somewhere, a picture of the deserted city - a haunting image, devoid of anything even remotely human - and I wish I could access it now to contrast it with these photographs. If any of you know where I may get a copy of this, I'd appreciate hearing from you.
Street Scene
Street Scene
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Royal Palace - Front
Royal Palace - Front
Royal Palace
Royal Palace
Side View
Side View
Great Hall
Great Hall
Library
Library
Stupa
Stupa
Royal Museum
Royal Museum
Ganesh at the Royal Museum
Ganesh at the Royal Museum
Central Market
Central Market
Central Market - Interior
Central Market - Interior
Independence Monument
Independence Monument
At Rest
At Rest
Open-air Pavilion
Open-air Pavilion
River Walkway
River Walkway
Wat Phnom
Wat Phnom