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David Goldblatt’s Portraits of Ex-Convicts at the Scenes of Their Crimes

In one image from “Ex-Offenders at the Scene of the Crime,” a series by the South African photographer David Goldblatt, we see an older woman named Ellen sitting on a slim bed in a bare-bones room. Her hands are folded in her lap, and her large, deep-set eyes gaze directly into the camera. A caption beneath the portrait informs us: “Here, on his bed, in 2007, Ellen Pakkies strangled her son Abie.
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