Cham Boy

Muslim Cham Boy

A Muslim Cham boy, Koh Kong Province.

Muslim Cham boy, Koh Kong Province.

Muslim Cham are a minority group living mainly along the coastal areas of Cambodia earning a living from fishing.

This is one of the first portraits I made in Cambodia almost a decade ago. I recall renting a fixer and motorbike and heading to remote fishing villages along the Koh Kong coast, completely untouched by modernity and where the sight of a foreigner unheard of. Exploring the area, I stumbled across a mosque, with the enchanting sounds of the prayer call echoing across the surrounding villages. As I was photographing the mosque, this young boy appeared in front of my lens, gazing with bewilderment at the tall white person in front of him.

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