Monday, January 07, 2008

Captured on camera # 2

Even the youngest were pictured before their deaths. Over 2,000 children are believed to have died at Tuol Sleng
20 prisoners photographed immediately after their death in custody
All of these prisoners arrived at S-21 in 1978. None survived Some of the female staff at S-21
The male cadre at S-21, none of which were exempt from suspicion and custody themselves
Block B and Block D at Tuol Sleng house hundreds, nay thousands of such images, taken by a team of Khmer Rouge photographers as the prisoners entered the S-21 interrogration and extermination facility in Phnom Penh during the Pol Pot regime from 1975-1979. These are just a small example. The meticulous prison authorities also recorded the immediate aftermath of death for many prisoners too. And of course, they always had time to take pictures of their own rank and file, female and men, who worked at S-21 as interrogators, guards, cooks, drivers, admin staff, and so on. Fuelled by paranoia, most of the rank and file cadre pictured here were killed too.

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