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S-21

“A photograph can not only communicate emotions but can also serve the human condition.”
Bruce Davidson b. 1933, US.
Tuol Svay Pray High School sits on a dusty road on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia. In 1976, the Khmer Rouge renamed the high school S-21 and turned it into a torture, interrogation and execution center. Of the 14,000 people known to have entered, only seven survived. Not only did the Khmer Rouge carefully transcribe the prisoners’ interrogations; they also carefully photographed the vast majority of the inmates and created an astonishing photographic archive. Each of the almost 6,000 S-21 portraits that have been recovered tells a story shock, resignation, confusion, defiance and horror. From the Killing Fields Museum.

Amean J. is an acclaimed photographer whose work and name have been featured in publications like The New Yorker, Colors, Herald, Newsline and books such as 1000 Signs by Taschen. He is the founder of 18% Grey, the photo agency.

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