Bronwyn Burns
Arts Lounge Curator

Hôtel de la Paix presents “One step on a mine, it’s all over.” the first
international exhibition of Japanese war photographer, Taizo Ichinose, at
The Arts Lounge until 6th February 2007.

In November 1973, Taizo Ichinose was captured and killed by Khmer Rouge
soldiers, not far from the Angkorian temples. His most precious dream had
been to reach Angkor Wat and immortalize it in photography.

At the age of just twenty-four, Taizo left Japan for the first time as a
freelance photojournalist, heading for the war-torn regions of South-east
Asia. During his first visit to Cambodia in early 1972, he was blacklisted
as a photojournalist by the government and forced to leave the country.

He moved on to cover conflicts in Vietnam, only to return to Siem Reap the
following year, under the guise of a boxing teacher, to continue his journey
to Angkor, recording the uprising of the Khmer Rouge against the government
forces under Lon Nol coup.

The photographs and memoirs he left behind depict not only soldiers in
battle, but also the daily life of people and children in villages and towns
that continued despite the war. Now on the thirty-third anniversary of his
death, these rare historical archives of both Cambodia and Vietnam are
exhibited for the first time outside of Japan at The Arts Lounge, initiating
the international acclaim that Taizo deserved.

The Arts Lounge offers an ambient and thought provoking setting, providing
guests and visitors the opportunity to celebrate the spirit of Cambodia,
both past and present, traditional and contemporary. Visitors will take with
them a deeper understanding of Khmer culture and an appreciation of Khmer
heritage within the global context. The Arts Lounge is fast becoming a
cornerstone in Hôtel de la Paix’s commitment to respectful tourism and
contribution to the development of the local community. Hôtel de la Paix is
operated by Bed Management Company, Bangkok, which is recognized as a
creative and successful developer of independent boutique hotels and
destination restaurants and bars in Southeast Asia. In Siem Reap, Bed
Management also operates a hospitality training institute at the 18-room
sister hotel, The Shinta Mani.

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