Week Eight Reflections – Cambodia – My Practice

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Another intense week. I left London on Saturday morning, having completed a 4 day, full-on shoot with Andrew Mlangeni. I arrived in Phnom Penh on Sunday 22nd, after travelling roughly 20 hours door-to-door, and dived straight into the project. First, the week’s timetable: Sunday 22nd: Meet with Sarath and Family, visit their farm. Meet and photograph neighbours, and begin process …

Dark Tourism

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To me, ‘Dark Tourism‘ is rather inevitable. Places like Tuol Sleng in Cambodia seem to do a better job of earning tourist dollars than in aiding national reconciliation. But a glance at the visitor’s book (and the limited academic research available) shows that most visitors come to bear witness and pay respects. Craig Wright, in his chapter ‘Contested National Tragedies‘ …