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By Michelle Caswell

Roughly 1.7 million humans died in Cambodia from untreated sickness, hunger, and execution in the course of the Khmer Rouge reign of below 4 years within the overdue Seventies. The regime’s brutality has become symbolized through the multitude of black-and-white mug pictures of prisoners taken on the infamous Tuol Sleng legal, the place millions of “enemies of the kingdom” have been tortured earlier than being despatched to the Killing Fields. In Archiving the Unspeakable, Michelle Caswell lines the social lifetime of those photographic documents throughout the lens of archival reports and elucidates how, sarcastically, they've got turn into brokers of silence and witnessing, human rights and injustice as they're deployed at a variety of moments in time and area. From their construction as Khmer Rouge administrative files to their transformation starting in 1979 into museum monitors, archival collections, and databases, the mug pictures are key elements in an ongoing drama of unbelievable human suffering.

Winner, Waldo Gifford Leland Award, Society of yank Archivists

Longlist, ICAS booklet Prize, foreign conference of Asia Scholars

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