Discovery of Tuol Sleng
In 1979 Ho Van Tay, a Vietnamese
combat photographer, was the first
media person to document Tuol Sleng
to the world. Van Tay and his
colleagues followed the stench of
corpses to the gates of Tuol Sleng.
The photos of Van Tay documenting
what he saw when he entered the site
are exhibited in Tuol Sleng today.
The Khmer Rouge required that the
prison staff made a detailed dossier
for each prisoner. Included in the
documentation was a photograph.
Since the original negatives and
photographs were separated from the
dossiers in the 1979-1980 period,
most of the photographs remain
The photographs are currently being
exhibited at the Tuol Sleng Museum