Poids Mouche by John Vink - Signed Book – Magnum Photos

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Thai boxing isn't Thai. It's Cambodian. It was born in the very depths of Khmer history and was engraved in Angkor stone. Its violence counterpoints the people's gentle gestures and facial expressions. It reminds us that searing brutality can be generated by restraint. With insecurity pushing back the limits of physical pain, impoverished countries (Cuba, Angola) and poor neighborhoods (the Bronx, the French suburbs) necessarily produce good fighters. Cambodia has not been outdone.

This book presents that fluctuating and complex facet of Cambodia today—of thick-skinned Khmers, rooted in the soil of their past, barefoot farmers planted in the alluvium of the Mekong, ready to fight, to suffer, and to bleed in order to finally rise up.

Signed by John Vink

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 40
  • Publisher: Les Editions du Mékong
  • Publication year: 2006
  • ISBN: 9789995075002

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Available in a limited quantity in the Magnum Shop, this book has been signed by John Vink. This book features Vink's photography on Thai Boxing, having originated from Cambodia. This book documents Cambodia's politically storied society through boxing.


Thai boxing isn't Thai. It's Cambodian. It was born in the very depths of Khmer history and was engraved in Angkor stone. Its violence counterpoints the people's gentle gestures and facial expressions. It reminds us that searing brutality can be generated by restraint. With insecurity pushing back the limits of physical pain, impoverished countries (Cuba, Angola) and poor neighborhoods (the Bronx, the French suburbs) necessarily produce good fighters. Cambodia has not been outdone.

This book presents that fluctuating and complex facet of Cambodia today—of thick-skinned Khmers, rooted in the soil of their past, barefoot farmers planted in the alluvium of the Mekong, ready to fight, to suffer, and to bleed in order to finally rise up.

Signed by John Vink

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Pages: 40
  • Publisher: Les Editions du Mékong
  • Publication year: 2006
  • ISBN: 9789995075002

The Magnum Store usually ships orders at least three times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. To calculate shipping please go to your Cart.

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If you choose Priority Mail International for your order delivery usually takes between 6 to 10 days depending on your country. Tracking will always be available.

If you prefer a different shipping method or an alternative shipping company, please email store@magnumphotos.com. All shipments are insured.