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There is a multimedia slideshow about the Duch trial on Ka-set with pictures from Vandy Rattana and myself.

CAMBODIA. Kambol (Phnom Penh). 17/02/2009: Kaing Guek Euv, alias Duch, in front of his judges on the opening of the ECCC tribunal on screen in press room.

15 Responses to “Slideshow”

  1. I enjoy the strange sense of push-pull space in this photo. I heard an interview on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on this topic today. Do your photos get syndicated to global media somehow?

    Ian - February 18th, 2009 at 9:37 am

  2. Magnum is supposed to do that…

    john vink - February 18th, 2009 at 10:21 am

  3. brilliant photograph john….will look at the MM piece later this afternoon….

    bobblack - February 18th, 2009 at 8:32 pm

  4. JOHN!

    VERY HAPPY TO SEE THE KR TRIALS PRESENTATION ON MAGNUM!…and i love that it has shown virtually the entirety of your exploration and documentation of the KR and subsequent trials…while many of my FAVORITE pictures from this series are missing (i dont know how you’re going to edit 1,000’s of pics), but many of the extraordinary pictures are there and I am so happy that Magnum has show here the work in depth…like i said, these 2 MUST be a book

    1) Quest for Land

    2) KH Trials….

    2 different books, 2 different styles, but so critical….Its’ great to see at least Magnum give the space for the enormity and magnitude of your work these 10 years….


    bobblack - February 19th, 2009 at 5:29 am

  5. Yes, that editing is a bit messy. Working on a new one.

    Meanwhile you can download a 14,2Mb .pdf of the dummy of the book project here: http://johnvink.com/Advocacy/KRTrial2.pdf

    john vink - February 19th, 2009 at 5:46 am

  6. JOHN: :))))))

    o, great! !!!!!….I am off to bed, but i know what i will be reading/looking at after i teach tomorrow

    thanks 1,000,000…will write u after i had time to digest it….

    downloading it now…


    bobblack - February 19th, 2009 at 10:44 am

  7. that’s amazing

    Ian - February 19th, 2009 at 11:56 am

  8. JOHN

    brilliant brilliant book…just gorgeous (can i use this word?)…and devastating…this edition has many of my favorite favorite of yur pictures, but i also love the structure very very much…particularly the circular motif of using the shots of the video monitor to begin and end the story…..

    most of my favorite pics from the entire series are in this book…and i know it’s a book dummy, but i have a question:

    will you include more of the ‘trial’ pics…all these brilliant odd pictures (like the one above) that really deal with the covering of the coverage?…I see it as a long coda to the book…almost ending the serenity and the ‘quiet’ of the beginning of the book…the madness of all these cameras and video cameras and pics of tv and monitors and eye pieces…it’s a delerium, and for me, that ‘match’ the photographs of all the people’s portraits who’d been slaughtered by the KR…in other words, the last section, just a couple pages filled with lots and lots of small pictures of the coverage, all these brilliant photogs of yours, which leads toward a sense of collision and chaos…these pages then would mimic the boards of photos of theose who were slaughtered….make sense?…

    what i love best so far about this book (besides the pictures) is the sense of quiet, the haunting and the absence…there are relatively few pictures of bones, so when they come it becomes that more powerful…and as usual, the pics from Dutch’s house/village just haunt…the same with the pic from Pol Pot’s place…would you consider the photo of his relatives praying at his grave??…or too ‘obvious’…

    anyway, i’ll write you more later john…but what a huge important book….

    are you surprised i wanted even more pics?….;))

    so happy to see this…


    bobblack - February 19th, 2009 at 6:35 pm

  9. and of course all the brilliant juxtaposing photographs…the picture of the white bull, the child in the tree above the bones, the fan, the bald guy with broad shoulders, the canoe, the vultures in front of the building, the rain…and on and on and on…it’s a brilliant and sublime book….and also a brilliant ruminative take on history…cause how can one really tackle the years of the KR and the devastation and the consequences….except to detail the mud that is still there….and the chaos that these monsters reigned down upon the nation….and that’s also why i see the ending filled filled with pages of many many many small pics of the coverage….that what they precepitated was still madness…


    bobblack - February 19th, 2009 at 6:40 pm

  10. john:

    sent u an email…..


    bobblack - February 19th, 2009 at 8:14 pm

  11. Hi John,

    I was researching in ARTstor today (I design online course materials at a Canadian university) and I came across the recent addition of the Magnum archive. I was quite surprised to see the depth of it: 80,000 images. There’s quite a large body of your work in there, at least over a 1,000 images.

    I expected that there would be more restrictions on how they get used, such as no cropping. Magnum has always been so careful about that…I got a very polite letter once when I enquired about fiddling with a Magnum photo for a cover last year. It made me chuckle.

    It’s all rather surprising, such a huge shift in business practice. I feel quite privileged to be able to look at these images as large high resolution files and to be able to use them in courses. I hope that it’s a deal that will have good financial benefit for Magnum’s very deserving photographers. All I can say is that your images hold their own next to the fine paintings and sculptures in ARTstor (they make the Eastman house collection look like a provincial archive). A lot more people will see and benefit from your work now, I think.


    Ian - February 20th, 2009 at 9:17 am

  12. I guess I should mention that ARTstor is a journal database of art images for scholarly not-for-profit use. The copyright still rests with the rights holders, but is licensed for use under certain educational situations. Anyway, thanks!!

    Ian - February 20th, 2009 at 9:35 am

  13. Your book looks wonderful. I agree with Bob about the sense of quiet. It’s a real counterpoint to the immense tragedy soaked into the soil. The book seems to be so much about filters. How media, technology, memory, artifacts, frame the past. Just like the screens and frames you use as compositional devices in many of your images. Such a treat to see it! I feel like an insider today.

    In case you didn’t know, you can proof the spreads in Acrobat if you set the following.
    Go to… File / Properties… / Initial View / Page layout: Two-Up (Cover Page)

    Ian - February 20th, 2009 at 9:52 am

  14. Ian, thanks for that link. I was not aware of that ARTstor thing and will check it out right away. Sounds interesting indeed. Magnum has to diversify its income sources and at the same time “spread the Word”. What better place than universities? Also because we are little by little getting rid of our “dusty institution” image, and we do need to keep in touch with the upcoming generations…

    john vink - February 20th, 2009 at 10:31 am

  15. IAN! :)))

    thanks so much too for that link to ARTstor!…what a great resource…and I, for one, am thrilled Magnum is changing, or rather, getting over all that dusty shit, and jumping in…and acknowleding the full utility and importance of photography…including for educational purposes and that photography is the most democratic of the art forms, along with music, cause anyone can learn to shoot and because of this universality and story telling,it’s so nice to see magnum perceive itself as a community within a larger community…and not as the apotheosis of photogrpahy…but that perception, sadly, is held by others…i’ve been fortunate to actually have met or shared a drink or have talked with or exchanged emails with or have developed real friendships with some of the members, and all the one’s i’ve met are just inspired folk with great vision…(david, chris a, jonas, peter and Mr. V here)…not based on Magnum, but based on a shared love of this medium….then again, i dont know what John’s like after vin rouge ;))))))))))….

    thanks Ian for the link, great stuff..


    bobblack - February 21st, 2009 at 2:41 am