Photographer's Note

The Tuol Sleng museum in Phnom Penh is a pretty nasty affair. In 1975 this former high school was taken over by the Khmer Rouge and converted into a prison known as security prison 21. This was the final home to some 17,000 people on their way to the killing fields of Choeng Ek. When the Vietnamese liberated the camp in 1979, seven people were found alive. 14 others had been tortured to death as the Vietnamese encircled the city. The ordinariness of the place, a former school, the rusted beds, cramped rude cells and the chains cemented to the floor make it a harrowing visit. The doors are open. Everyone is dead or gone.

The image has been cropped to give a slightly disturbing, disorientating perspective and a horizontal grainy filter has been added to give a 21st century CCTV effect to 20th century genocide.PS

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