NUJ Photography Matters

• Battambang train railway tracks. by Nigel Dickinson

A young boy walks home from school, on the Battambang train railway tracks, on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. Cambodia spring 2007. The journey from Phnom Penh to Battambang is the last working route. The Czech-made diesel locomotive leaves the capital Saturday morning, arriving in Battambang 22 hours later in the dead of night, and returns on Sunday. In the city, the railway has a life of its own, where people live and work nearby or on the track itself. Market stalls, restaurants, chairs and tables, are removed only briefly, when the infrequent train passes.

Nigel Dickinson, photojournalist & documentary photographer, focuses on identity, culture, human rights and the environment. His awards include a UNEP bronze award at the Rio Earth Summit 1992 for his photographs of deforestation in Asia; a World Press Award for Mad Cows in Britain in 1997; runner-up in the Eugene Smith Award, for his longterm work on Roma Gypsies across Europe in 2000; and a PPY 1st prize Features award 2008, for work in Cambodia.

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