Then and Now: Historical Photographs of Cambodia

Then and Now: Historical Photographs of Cambodia is a project linking the history of Cambodia from the past to the present through photographs and descriptions. It is a collaborative project between Arizona State University Libraries and Northern Illinois University Libraries aimed at digitizing old photographs taken by Mimi Palgen Maisonneuve in the 1950s and 1960s and photographing the same locations to show contemporary Cambodian life in the year 2007.

The Palgen Photo Collection from the 1950s and 1960s offers a unique look at life in Cambodia from royal ceremonies to the rural life of commoners. This time period is significant because the images record life in Cambodia just prior to the beginning of hostilities that would lead to the Khmer Rouge period and the devastation of the entire Cambodian society. The contemporary photograph collection, taken in June and July 2007, contains pictures of village and rural scenes, everyday images of the urban lives of people in Phnom Penh, Kandal and Kampong Speu provinces, and historical monuments in Siem Reap province. The connection between these old and new photographs illustrates changes in village and urban life in Cambodia over these past few decades. Cambodia scholar and NIU Anthropologist, Judy Ledgerwood, along with Political Scientist, Kheang Un, coordinate this project for NIU with a graduate student in Anthropology at NIU, Pisith Phlong, as a research assistant. ASU Libraries' Southeast Asia Bibliographer Christopher Miller coordinates work from ASU with Pamela Nguyen Corey as a research assistant.

Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
View of stupa spires on Phnom Udong
Udong is located about 40 miles north of Phnom Penh, and once served as the capital of Cambodia from 1618-1866. The hill, Phnom Udong, is made up of a series of stupas and shrines, but most of the buildings that once occupied the area were destroyed by American bombing and the Khmer Rouge. At the bottom of the hill is a staircase which leads to the top, from which one can view the countryside. In 2002 a new stupa was dedicated on the top of the mountain to hold the Buddha relics that were formerly in the stupa in front of the train station in Phnom Penh. This stupa was dedicated by King Norodom Sihanouk., Location : Udong., Source : Philpotts, Robert. A Guide to Phnom Penh. London: Blackwater Books, 1993., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Wat Santevorn, Udong
This building houses the preserved body of a monk Sam Bunthoeun who was assisinated for a political reason., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Wat Santevorn, Udong
This building houses the preserved body of a monk who was assasinated for political reason., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Marble Buddha and murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.
Marble Buddha and murals inside the Vihara, Wat Santevorn, Udong
Wat Santevorn is located west of Udong mountain. It is newly built with concret foundation and marble floor with detail-carving wall., Location : Udong., This item digitized and made available online with funds provided by United States Department of Education, TICFIA (Technological Innovation and Cooperation for Foreign Information) Grant P337A05006.