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There she is

This is finally the fifth accused at the ECCC. It took me a while to have the opportunity to take a picture of Mrs. Ieng Tirith, Minister of Social Affairs during the Khmer Rouge regime. She says she didn’t do anything, that she was well educated, that she was working for the benefit of the people, riding a bicycle in Phnom Penh being a Minister, and that if all those people died it is because of Nuon Chea and Kaing Guek Eav (Duch)…

In the rush I didn’t set up my flash correctly and now the file is quite underexposed, making it very grainy…

3 Responses to “There she is”

  1. wow!!!….Lady Macbeth emerges…

    not responsible?…and her sister, married to Pol Pot, didnt do/know a damn thing either, but pedal from their luxurious villas out into the streets ;))….surely she’s familiar, having studied shakespeare, with Macbeth….

    and it’s a terrific pic…i cant see the grain in this size…but, grain aint always bad ;))

    bobblack - February 25th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

  2. That security guard getting in the way is a similar motif to some of your other pictures of accused. It adds the excitement of a stolen photograph to the image. Are you using them intentionally in your pictures or are they actively discouraging photographers?

    ian - February 26th, 2009 at 12:42 am

  3. Yes I am using them intentionally. I mean, they are there, so why not use them to build the image? If I didn’t my images would look like the no frills images from the wire services: efficient, with the essentials, but very much bordering propaganda images.

    These are photo-ops granted by the judges of the courts. They decide how much of us can come in, at what distance we should stay, where we should stay, how long we can stay. Each time it is a little different. But then judges are primarily concerned about judging, not about how the judicial procedure will enter history through photography.

    john vink - February 26th, 2009 at 4:30 am