By Michelle Caswell

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

Winner, Waldo Gifford Leland Award, Society of yankee Archivists

Longlist, ICAS ebook Prize, foreign conference of Asia Scholars

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