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Chandler, David; Niven, Douglas; Riley, Chris (Editors/Authors) & Woody, Jack (Designer/Publisher). THE KILLING FIELDS: PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE S-21 DEATH CAMP. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms Publishers, 1996. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 124 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the greatest photography books of the 20th century. Limited Edition of 3000 copies. An austerely beautiful production by Jack Woody: Oversize-volume format. Dark brown cloth boards with black plate in the recessed center and black titles embossed on the spine, as issued. Photographs by anonymous members of the Khmer Rouge. Edited by Chris Riley and Douglas Niven. Essay by David Chandler. Printed in gravure on thick uncoated stock paper by Nissha Printing Company in Kyoto, Japan to absolutely the highest standards. In publisher's original shrinkwrap. In transparent protective plastic cover, as issued. Presents the portrait gallery of genocide, the only such photography book published in our time: Boys, girls, men, women, and old people, who were photographed, many of them wearing their ID numbers (Number 1 being a very young boy), as they were checked into Tuol Sleng Prison. There, their unimaginable suffering proved, if proof were needed, that while heaven is often merely a fantasy, hell is for real, a parallel universe to ordinary life on Planet Earth. Shackled, interrogated, starved, tortured, and driven mad before being executed by the Khmer Rouge, the subjects in "The Killing Fields" literally and symbolically represent their 200, 000 fellow human beings who were "processed" at various torture centers, of which Tuol Sleng, code-named S-21, was the most notorious. Pol Pot murdered as many as 1.7 Million of his people, more than half the entire Cambodian population, during his Reign of Terror between 1975 and 1979, in order to realize the creation of the ideal agrarian society. He ordered the killings in a systematic fashion, the logic behind them beyond sadistic, vengeful or paranoid (although it was all of these as well). It was utopia become barbarism, a utopia that was thought out by Saloth Sar, the real name of Pol Pot, for his graduate-degree thesis at the University of Paris. Saloth Sar concluded that everyone, even a committed Marxist, could become a "microbe", which had no place in society if there was the slightest doubt about its "purity". Anyone who was "impure" (as all human beings are) needed to be "disinfected", that is, killed. "The Killing Fields" is best-known in the West as the story of the friendship between Dith Pran and Sidney Schanberg and their thrilling escape to America, a hopeful, Hollywood-happy ending. It is a moving film, but it is not "The Killing Fields". The true story of "The Killing Fields" is told in this harrowing and powerful book by the perpetrator himself: "It is better to kill you by mistake than to keep you alive by mistake" (Pol Pot). A "must-have" title for Modern First and photography book collectors. This title has been out-of-print for more than ten years. This is one of very few copies still available online, is still in the publisher's original shrinkwrap, and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. 100 gravure plates. "The Killing Fields" was selected as the Best Photography Book of the Year by the International Center for Photography (ICP) in 1996. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO BILL BURKE TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 094409239X. $350.00

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