Dith Pran

The NYT notes that Dith Pran, the Cambodian photojournalist whose story was told in The Killing Fields, has died. Although he was most famous as perhaps the only victim of the Cambodian genocide with a name and story that Americans knew, he was a very talented photographer in times of both war and peace, as you can see from some examples in this slide show. The Cambodian genocide had its own awful uniqueness in history as one in which educated people and intellectuals (probably regardless of ethnic or regional identity) were specifically targeted for torture and killing. Looking at Dith’s photographs, it really hits you how much must have been lost with those estimated 1.39 million deaths.