Photographer's Note

A picture of the S-21 interrogation room in the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh.

The site is a former secondary school which was used as « Security Prison 21 » by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. During these years about 15’000 where detained, tortured and executed in this place.

The Khmer Rouge carefully transcribe the prisoners' interrogations; they also carefully photographed the vast majority of the inmates and created an astonishing photographic archive.

This modus operandi helped to keep some history, records and trace of the people that died and disappeared. A way to remember those who had suffered and a way to prove what happened and to put on trial, even if very late, some of the remaining torturers (late 2018, starting 2019)

During Covid time….I bought a scanner to revive some 35 mm…Hope there will be more coming soon if they are acceptable…

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