The Temples of Cambodia
By Barry Brukoff
Publisher: Vendome Press
Release Date: November 2011
Edition: Hardcover List Price: $65
Brukoff has now moved to the digital darkroom. His work is printed archivally with Epson UtraChrome K3 Inks on Museo Silver Rag Fine Art Digital Papers. He feels that using digital technology has given him the level of control and expertise which now affords him the highest level of quality for his printmaking. Preferring to work in a selection of discrete series, exploring a wide range of subject matter, his work is related to painterly concerns. Prior to 1985, Brukoff pursued dual careers in painting as well as photography. Abandoning painting has enabled him to more fully explore various facets of photography. In 1986, he began to experiment with the diptych and triptych forms as a way to continue to explore large-scale work in color as he had done in painting. Many of his series, although literal images, reflect the eye of the abstract painter.
The Temples of Cambodia are among the most complex and imposing man-made edifices in the world. This book allows the reader to explore these extraordinary sites through remarkable photographs and literary narrative by a leading Khmer cultural historian. Beginning with the modest brick structures of the seventh and eighth centuries, the temples became increasingly ambitious, setting the stage for the apex of the Khmer empire and with it, the world-reknowned Angkor Wat.
Barry Brukoff’s splendid photographs not only record temples that have been destroyed but also portrays a uniquely intimate insight into the Cambodian idiom, and with Helen Ibbitson Jessup’s expert story-telling, allow readers to penetrate to the heart of the temples’ mystery.
Barry Brukoff is an award-winning photographer whose books include The Enigma of Stonehenge, Morocco, and Greece: Land of Light. He has been photographing the temples of Cambodia since 1963. Helen Ibbitson Jessup is the author of Art and Architecture of Cambodia and Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia: Millennium of Glory, and was curator of the related exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Helen Ibbitson Jessup is the author of Art and Architecture of Cambodia and Sculpture of Angkor and Ancient Cambodia: Millennium of Glory, and was curator of the related exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.