Lens on Life – Rwanda Genocide

Rwanda Genocide (2012) – To photograph the interiors of massacre sites in Rwanda, you have to secure written permission from the national Ministry of Genocide. That’s not its formal name, but it serves as the custodian of genocide memory, and wants to vet how your images will be used. After repeated visits and a full-length interview by the minister, I received the permit in Kigali. I spent a couple of weeks travelling to sites including Murambi, where bodies of victims are displayed in the schoolrooms where many were slaughtered. It’s a discomfiting if necessary task to try to build photographic compositions out of corpses. I tried to find the individuality in some victims, but also to convey the anonymous tangling of victims, the “mass” in mass murder.


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