Raymond Cauchetier was born in Paris on Jan. 10, 1920, to a piano trainer who raised the boy alone. He by no means knew his father, had no schooling past grammar faculty, and all through his life saved the small fifth-floor walk-up the place he was born.
It was close to the Bois de Vincennes, the place a 1931 Colonial Exposition opened when he was 11. “Each night I may see a devoted, brilliantly illuminated reproduction of the magnificent temple of Angkor Wat via the kitchen window,” he recalled. He dreamed of sometime seeing Angkor Wat.
When the Germans invaded Paris in 1940, he fled on a bicycle and joined the Resistance. Within the French Air Drive after the warfare, he was assigned to obligation as a fight photographer in Vietnam. In 1951, he purchased a Rolleiflex, a digital camera in style with warfare correspondents, and used it for many of his life. Gen. Charles de Gaulle awarded him the Legion of Honor for his battlefield work.
Mr. Cauchetier stayed on after the warfare led to 1954 taking pictures of individuals and landscapes in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. His first guide of pictures, “Ciel de Guerre en Indochine” (“The Air Struggle in Indochina”) offered 10,000 copies. In 1956, the Smithsonian Establishment organized an exhibition of his work, “Faces of Vietnam,” which was proven at museums and universities throughout the USA.
His childhood dream of visiting Angkor Wat was realized in 1957, when he created what critics known as a priceless assortment of three,000 pictures. Given to Premier Norodom Sihanouk, it was destroyed by the Khmer Rouge.
Again in Paris and unable to seek out work as a photojournalist, he was employed to take photos for photo-Romans, a well-liked type of photographic novel. He met Mr. Godard via a writer and was quickly immersed within the New Wave. When he emerged, he and his Japanese spouse, Kaoru, traveled broadly as he photographed Romanesque sculptures in ecclesiastical settings. She survives him.