March 4, 2010

Khmer Rouge

Conor M. has posted a series of photographs from a recent visit to "Security Prison 21" in Cambodia. The above image is one example. It reminds me of some of the work of the photographer Michael Kenna, who did a series on concentration camps in Germany. These kinds of photographs always have this kind of silence and stillness attached to them. I guess when I think about these place--and I have never been to one--I am always stuck wondering how humans can actually do these kinds of things to one another. It all seems so unbelievable...yet these memories mark the histories, and photographs like these extend the possible audiences who can witness--in a second- or third-hand way--small glimpses of what happened not too long ago. Conor writes,

"It was a pretty depressing location and took me a long time to finally make it through the three large buildings. It is estimated that over 17,000 people were imprisoned between 1975-1979. There are only 12 known survivors."

Check out the rest here.


Conor said...

thanks Ryan!

Ryan Anderson said...

damn right! your photos are excellent, by the way.