Angkor, the ancient seat of the god-kings of Cambodia, is the great treasury of Khmer artistic culture, whose evocative, enigmatic sculptures are known throughout the world. Marc Riboud, the French photographer, visited the site several times, first in the late 1960s and most recently in November 1990, capturing its monuments and inhabitants before and after the years of the Khmer Rouge and the Killing Fields. Riboud shows not only the toppled edifices, the lichened Buddhas and the roofless galleries of Angkor's two most famous sites of Angkor Wat and the Bayon, but also the invasive power of the surrounding jungle. The still undefiled relief carvings of graceful dancers and smiling "devatas" are juxtaposed with French and Japanese graffiti, and the friezes depicting the battles of the Khmer kings with modern mementoes of conflict. But Angkor has become host to the revival of life and faith in Cambodia: Riboud watched and recorded in 1990 as monks and pilgrims converged on this one-time capital for a three-day festival in honour of a statue of the Buddha, rekindling a tradition almost extinguished by years of persecution. Riboud's images are complemented by his own descriptive essay, along with texts on Angkor's recent history and its Buddhist foundations.
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
Angkor, the ancient domain of the kings of Cambodia, is an area of exotic architecture and rich history, both ancient and modern; it would present a thrilling challenge to the photographer. This disappointing collection by French photographer Riboud is an erratic mixture of images that does not express well the theme suggested in the book's subtitle. The photographs are simply snapshots--many blurred, distorted, or grainy--of monks, tree trunks, and stone ruins. The photographs tell nothing about the grandeur of the Angkor site and little of its significance in royal Khmer culture. Captions to the photographs are bunched together at the back of the book, leaving the reader to flip forward and backward constantly. The essays by Riboud and Jean Boisselier, a former curator of the National Museum of Phnom Penh, are informative but not especially insightful regarding new ideas or beliefs. Not recommended.
- Glenn Masuchika, Chaminade Univ. Lib., Honolulu
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110500541825
Descrizione libro Thames & Hudson, 1993. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0500541825