Tuol Sleng

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, April 2001:   The Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh was a former high school, converted into the notorious Security Prison 21 (S-21) by the Khmer Rouge regime from its rise to power in 1975 to its fall in 1979. Tuol Sleng appropriately means “Hill of the Poisonous Trees” and was just one of at least 150 execution […]

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River Kids

Siem Reap, Cambodia, March 2001: While wandering aimlessly around the dusty streets of Siem Reap on a stinking hot afternoon, I photographed these local children fishing in the Siem Reap River. In 2001 Siem Reap was still a quiet, laid-back, dusty back water town- but on the cusp of huge changes. This was at a time before […]

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Canton House

Dublin, Ireland, late 2001-early 2002: While recently scanning some old negatives I came across these images. They’re of a Chinese takeaway that was directly across from a flat I lived in shortly after moving to Dublin. The area- Summerhill – was at the time not exactly the nicest part of the city. A week after moving […]

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Danger!! Mines!!

Siem Reap, Cambodia, 3rd March, 2001: Excerpts from my diary that I just  rediscovered:  “We got a tri-shaw out to the land-mine museum…”  “It was just a couple of shacks really, but loaded with defused mines of all shapes & sizes, makes & models- Russian/Chinese mostly- but also local….” “The guy who set it up […]

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Ireland, 2001: Newgrange (Irish: Sí an Bhrú) is a prehistoric monument in County Meath, Ireland, about one kilometre north of the River Boyne. It was built about 3200 BC,during the Neolithic period, which makes it older than both Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids. Newgrange is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers […]

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Scotland, 2001: Have just heard that Osama bin Laden has been killed in an operation by US special forces in Pakistan. Then I remembered this shot by my photographer friend Nathaniel Benefield, with Bin Laden grafitti on the wall and me shooting something (awkwardly) in the background…

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Border Country

Poipet, Cambodia, 2001:  Crossing from Thailand into Cambodia was via an invisible line where the towns of Aranyaprathet (Thai) and Poipet (Cambodian) straddled the border.  There was a visa scam at Cambodian passport control regarding whether you had particular vaccinations (yellow fever)-  like it mattered… I managed to get through without paying a bribe by […]

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Chao Phraya

Bangkok, Thailand, 2001: The Chao Phraya Express Boat (est1971) is unique among the worlds great commuter boat companies… Not only for it’s success in transporting large amounts of people in one of the worlds most traffic congested cities- but also for the sleek, practicle yet graceful wooden boats that make up it’s fleet…   Mamiya ZE/Mamiya […]

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