Colin STERLING

This photograph was taken during a photo-tour of the Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia. It shows the tour leader and participants surrounding a young monk, hired especially for the occasion from one of the working temples situated inside the Park. As a record of the asymmetries of representation, the embodied politics of the photographic encounter, and the ongoing production of visual clichés, the image serves to highlight a number of themes central to my doctoral research, which explored the role of photography in shaping heritage as a discipline, industry, concept, and experience. Further details on the archival and ethnographic research undertaken in relation to Cambodia can be found in this article on ‘Preservation, Photography, and Ethics at Angkor’, published in Future Anterior. I am currently revisiting and expanding on this material for a monograph provisionally entitled Heritage (Re)Framed: Photography, Memory, and the Affective Past.  Colin Sterling, colinpsterling@gmail.com

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