Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Amy Thompson: Cambodia

Photograph © Amy Thompson-All Rights Reserved

Amy Thompson is a talented photojournalist who recently completed her masters in documentary photography from Ohio University and is currently teaching at the Massachusetts College of Art. Amy worked as a freelance and staff photographer for The New York Times (Washington D.C. bureau) and was a featured photographer in National Geographic Magazine.

Supported by a grant from the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, she created and produced an essay Peace, Violence and Visitors, which is chosen for this post. Her photographs captioned "Hunting for frogs" and "Selling bok-shoy" in the photo essay amply demonstrate her talent.

To me, Amy's photograph of a lay nun (aka doan-chi) in the Bayon Temple in Angkor Wat, with the smoke of the incense sticks obscuring her face, is a "decisive moment" photograph.