Fig. 9. A Photoshopped image of a graduate with Hun Sen, the Prime Minister of Cambodia. Believing that being photographed in the presence of a powerful figure would bring fortune and facilitate a flow of power, many Cambodians desire such images. In an official event or ceremony like graduation, not many students are fortunate enough to be photographed with the Premier, unless they get the highest score or are recommended by the university rector or chancellor. This poor graduate paid a photographer to Photoshop himself with Hun Sen. A photograph like this would be displayed at the home or office to show to relatives and friends one’s indexical connection to power. Re-photographed by Sokphea Young; PHOTODEMOS: Citizens of Photography: the Camera and the Political Imagination

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