by Jim Mizerski
Angkor's First Photographers in 1860's Colonial Intrigues
Edition: #38 at Angkor Database Library.
Photography as an art and a testimony, but also as a tool for power games and colonial influences -- through an exhaustive study of the first photographic documentation on Angkor, author Jim Mizerski draws a vivid portrait of greed and control-driven intrigues around an intangible worldwide patrimony...and a fundamental part of Khmer identity.
About the Author
Jim Mizerski (d. 2020) was an American independent researcher, writer and translator who resided in Cambodia in the years 2000s, where he undertook historical research and humanitarian work, in particular with Friends International.
After working as a naval officer and an electrical engineer, Jim took a special interest in photography in 2001 -- when he retired -- which led him to publish Cambodia Captured: Angkor's first photographers in 1860's Colonial intrigues (Jasmine Image Machine, Phnom Penh, 2016), centering on the photorgaphic work of John Thomson and Emile Gsell in Angkor in the 1860s, and to coauthor with Joel Montague John Thomson : the early years - in search of the Orient (White Lotus, Bangkok, 2014).
He also authored the book Finale : the royal cremations of Norodom and Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia (Jasmine Image Machine, 2013). Noticing that too many reference works on the history of Cambodia remained available only in French, Jim Mizerski decided to translate from French into English Etienne Aymonier's Notes sur le Cambodge (with Marie Helene Arnault and Joel Montague, DatAsia, 2016), Jules Brossard de Corbigny's 1872 travelogue (2017), and Vorvong and Saurivong: a Cambodian tale (with Marie Helene Arnault and Joel Montague), DatAsia, 2019.