Fig. 7. A photograph of Nharn Nhov, on the left with a blue shirt, taken at a camp along the Cambodia-Thailand border in the 1980s. On the right his portrait has been cut to make a photo ID for a job application. In the 1980s, Cambodia’s situation was fragile, with most of the country’s territory controlled by Vietnamese troops while the Khmer Rouge occupied the Thai border zones. As Vietnam invaded and overthrew the Khmer Rouge in 1979, up to a million Cambodians fled the country and sought shelter along the borders with Thailand and Vietnam, before seeking asylum elsewhere. In this transition period, photography, and especially photo ID services, were not available, and that compelled the young Nharm to duplicate a pre-existing photograph (in Thailand, before he returned to the camp) and then dismember it for his photo ID. Re-photographed by Sokphea Young; PHOTODEMOS: Citizens of Photography: the Camera and the Political Imagination

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