Holding Room in Former "Security Prison 21" of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Archival Pigment Print, 16"x24". Scott Whitworth, 2015.
The opening reception for the 2016 Photospiva national juried competition was last night (March 4th, 2016) and included one of my photographs, which is shown above. The exhibition started today, March 5th, and runs through May 1st at the George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO. On March 11th this year's competition juror, Sean Kernan, will announce the winners of the 2016 competition. My entry was selected from over 600 other entrants to be on display for the duration of the exhibition in the main gallery. The photograph that I entered is mounted with two inch white matte borders inside a black aluminum frame.
Entitled, Holding Room in Former "Security Prison 21" of the Khmer Rouge, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, this photograph was taken by myself in Southeast Asia during the winter of 2014/15. I have also had this photograph on display at galleries in Sacramento, CA and NY City, NY. The photograph shows what was used as a holding room in a former security prison in the nation of Cambodia's capitol city, Phnom Penh. The room was in use during the reign of the Khmer Rouge, from 1975-79. Below I have included a link to part one of a four-part documentary that features more information and background on the history of "Security Prison 21". My visit to the former prison turned museum was very eye opening, and I encourage anyone who gets the chance to go and see it.