at a glance
“Amber, Saffron and Gold,” photographs by Livingston Armytage. Opening reception with the photographer May 15, 2006, 6:30 p.m.
On display May 15 – June 15, 2006.
View the online preview of “Amber, Saffron and Gold”
Centre for Judicial Studies, Australia.
The FCC Permanent Collection, six decades of Cambodian history in photograph.
Beneath a big red sky, a small Cambodian wat stands is silhouette against a golden sun. Light filters through the tree tops of the black landscape below.
Taken on New Year’s Eve 2005 in Sihanoukville, the photograph is one of many in Livingston Armytage’s “Amber, Saffron and Gold” (preview) filled with radiant reds and golden yellows, colors so common they practically define Cambodia.
Golden wats, saffron-robed monks with yellow umbrellas, wooden statues of Buddha golden in the sunlight — from the vantage point of his lens, Armytage uses those colors as compass points to guide his photographic journey of the Kingdom, weaving a narrative filled with many of Cambodia’s most alluring images.
Armytage has exhibited his photography before, most notably in Australia and Pakistan, but he is much more well-known in his other life: director of the Centre for Judicial Studies in Australia. His work takes him around the world, and photography, he says, helps him to better understand the people and culture of the countries he visits — and stay sane.
“Amber, Saffron and Gold” is on exhibit at the FCC Phnom Penh from May 15 to June 15, 2006.