Cambodia in the 1950s Through The Lens of New Wave Photographer Raymond Cauchetier
Why We Recommend it
Cambodge 50’s is a solo exhibition showcasing black and white silver gelatin prints by the French photographer Raymond Cauchetier, whose nostalgic yet familiar scenes depict daily life in the early years of Cambodia’s independence.
“I believe that photography can’t be learned at school. It’s something you feel”
Raymond Cauchetier (b. 1920) is a self-taught photographer who is best known for his work as a set photographer of iconic French New Wave films, such as Jean-Luc Godard’s debut film, À bout de souffle (1960), and Jules et Jim (1962) by François Truffaut. These photographs are an important testimony of the early days of the directors who would change French cinema.
Cauchetier’s accidental career as a photographer began a decade earlier, while serving in the press corps of the French Air Force in Indochina. As his unit didn’t have the budget to hire a photographer, Cauchetier was appointed to this role. After his service ended in the early 1950s, he stayed in the region to take pictures of people, towns and landscapes in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia with a simple Rolleiflex camera.
His photos of Cambodia will be on show in Hong Kong, in a special exhibition curated by Boogie Woogie Photography, a platform founded in 2016 with the aim to develop photography projects in Hong Kong and Asia.
All photos at the exhibition will be up for sale, with thirty percent of the selling price going directly to Sreyka Smile Association, an organisation dedicated to helping children in Cambodia.
The exhibition will be open to public from Tuesday to Saturday 11-7pm.