‘When you are suspended by a rope you can recover but every time I see a rope I remember. If the light goes out
unexpectedly in a room, I am back in my cell.’
Binyam Mohamed, Prisoner #1458
Photographer Edmund Clark, author of ‘Guantanamo: If the Light Goes Out, Letters to Omar’, has been awarded the Hood Medal by the Royal Photographic Society and been shortlisted for Photographer of the Year at the International Photographic Awards/The Lucies.
‘If the Light Goes Out…’, a collection of photographs, essays and letters including texts by former Guantanamo detainee Omar Deghayes, has also been awarded Best Book Award at the International Photographic Awards/The Lucies and the New York Photo Awards, a Nomination for Best Books of the Year at the International Photobook Festival, Kassel, and Best Personal Work from PDN Annual.
Described as a ‘study of home’, Clark looks at the lives of both the American community on the naval base and detainees during and after incarceration to illustrate the different ideas of ‘home’ existing at Guantanamo Bay.