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by Carl De Keyzer
While in Siberia for a photo exhibition and workshop, Magnum photographer Carl De Keyzer had the chance to visit a local prison camp. Expecting Solzhenitsyn's grim gulags, De Keyzer instead toured what was "sort of a Disneyland ... a cheap amusement park." Captivated by the strange juxtaposition, De Keyzer returned numerous times to Siberia's gulags-turned-prison-camps. His work provides a window into this rare world.
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All my photographs are portraits—self-portraits, because you can’t photograph someone without reflecting, echoing, like a bat sending out a signal that comes back to you. You get not only a picture of who you’re photographing, but you get a picture of yourself at the same time.