27 October 2007

Facing Death: Cambodia 1975-79

During the Khmer Rouge terror in Cambodia of the mid-1970s, as many as fourteen thousand people went to their deaths at Tuol Sleng Prison in Phnom Penh. A teenage photographer Nhem En was, at the time, charged with photographing prisoners as they arrived. He survived and, according to this story in The New York Times, today is providing testimony in proceedings against higher ups in the party who are being tried for crimes against humanity. The images he created are uncanny, of individuals facing imminent torture and death even as, in many instances, they themselves did not quite yet realize it. The images here are Nhem En's handiwork. You can find more here.


Blogger stanco said...

The most haunting and compelling portraits in the history of photography.

Let's hope that present day torturers also get their turn in court...


27 October, 2007 12:17  

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