3 Oct Yi-Fu Talk – Geo-Graphic Death: Space and the Politics of Violence Photography

James TynerJames Tyner
Kent State Geography Department

Between 1975 and 1979 the Communist Party of Kampuchea—also known as the Khmer Rouge—established approximately 200 security-centers. Among these was a prison designated as S-21, now widely known as the Tuol Sleng Security Center. S-21 was unique in that it was the only security center that photographed prisoners upon their arrival. Following the downfall of the CPK the photographs of S-21 have received considerable attention, notably as documentary evidence of crimes against humanity and as a means of discussing the ethics of post-mortem, or atrocity, photographs. However, the S-21 photographs constitute but one part of the overall photographic record of the Khmer Rouge. Drawing on a range of photographic theories, this paper provides a geographically informed understanding of ‘atrocity’ photographs as a means of providing a broader understanding of the spatial politics of violence.

Friday, October 3rd in 180 Science Hall at 3:30.