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(Glitch and apologies to the thoughtful commenters first time around.)

This is the first in a series of portraits and environmental portraits on HIV/AIDS in Cambodia.

This was taken at Hope Hospice in the Tuol Kork section of Phnom Penh. Ironically, or fittingly, the hospice, which now works to save lives, is a converted villa once owned by a murderous Khmer Rouge general, who now rots in jail.

The man was suffering from TB as well as jaundice, herpes and HIV/AIDS. Even in such a state, he was curious and quite willing to have his photo taken. As, it should be noted, were most patients, no matter how sick they were. As Salgado said of his often criticized images of famine victims in the Sahel, "...they come to speak through your lens as if it were a microphone." In other words, they want the world to know of their suffering, in order to bring help.

When I returned to the hospice some weeks later to deliver his portrait, even though still considered terminal, he looked much better. And for the longest time he couldn't take his eyes off the photograph.

To be continued...

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