Reamker Retold Through Decades-Long Photo Collection

The 466-page photography book of mural paintings, temple carvings, and traditional masked dance performances took photographer Arjay Stevens 22 years to finish.

German scientist-turned-photographer Arjay Stevens arrived in Cambodia in 1996 before the celebration of the annual Water Festival. Along the way from the airport, he came across Touk Ngor, a long colorful racing dragon boat which is used in the festival boat races. Stevens jumped out of the car to take a photo—that was his very first picture of Cambodia.

“That was how everything started,” he said, referring to his fascination with Cambodian culture.

Like any visitors touring the Royal Palace over twenty years ago, Steven set his eyes on the mural paintings engraved on the walls of the Silver Pagodas. He took interest in the Battle of Lanka and became interested in the story of Reamker.

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