Emma Hardy went to Cambodia last Autumn to accompany Nicholas Shakespeare who was writing a piece for Intelligent Life. He grew up in Cambodia until his family was forced to flee Phnom Penh in 1964, just before the beginning of the Pol Pot years. This was the first time he had returned since.

These pictures document the recent mass dispossession of land in Cambodia: it’s estimated that more than 700,000 people have lost their land since the end of the Khmer Rouge was officially dissolved in 1999.



There were piercing images of people who now live in slums having been forced from their homes. There is an unflinching beauty to many of the pictures, at odds with the cruel subject matter.




If you have the time and the stomach to read a brilliant and deeply moving piece of extended journalism, here’s a link to the Nicholas Shakespeare piece:


And watch this space for a more indepth post about Emma Hardy’s work soon … it’s a big claim, but we think no photographer captures the human condition better than she does.