Jeff Hutchens August 15, 2008Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Cambodia.
Jeff Hutchens was born in Lansing, Michigan in 1978. The son of an American diplomat, he spent his childhood throughout the U.S. and across China, South Africa, and the Philippines. He graduated from Asbury College in Kentucky with a double major in Psychology and Pre-Med but decided to follow his heart into photojournalism. After a series of internships, Jeff was hired by National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) to be their sole staff photographer. After two years with NGCI he decided to continue his career as a freelancer, allowing him to spend more time pursuing personal projects. Jeff has shot professionally on six continents, where he’s faced grizzly bears, lava floes, komodo dragons, and all manner of corrupt officials. From work on the surreality of life in China, to the emotional after effects of the Khmer Rouge regime on Cambodia, to the health of the polar bear population in the Artic. Jeff has won multiple awards in World Press Photo, the NPPA, Best of Photojournalism Competition, POYI and the White House News Photographers Competition.
About the Photograph:
The Khmer Rouge regime rises to power. Nearly four years later, the entire infrastructure of Cambodia is destroyed. Millions are tortured and killed. It is the most lethal per capita genocide of modern times, a darkness that has haunted the country for the last 30 years. But the darkness may be lifting as the United Nations Khmer Rouge Tribunal attempts to bring healing to a broken country. The prosecution digs through the faded memories of witnesses while navigating the corruption endemic to Cambodia’s government. I wanted this image to explore the emotional undercurrent of the nation’s capital, as the country wakes from the nightmare of its history and attempts to bring to justice those responsible for the horrors of the its past. I tried to make these images feel like memories— vague, decontextualized, moody – so this is shot through multiple panes of glass on a street corner — I photographed the situation for about forty minutes before the cop meandered through the left hand side of the frame and everything coalesced.