In his series For Most Of It I Have No Words: Genocide, Landscape, Memory, Simon Norfolk photographed landscapes of genocide around the world, including Armenia, Auschwitz, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Vietnam. Here, he features a line of poplars in eastern Turkey that marks the route by which millions of Armenians were forced to march to their death by Ottoman armies in 1915. These photographs “portray the deathly emptiness that one encounters at these sites . . . they are documents like forensic traces at a crime scene,” says Norfolk.

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Simon Norfolk, British, born Nigeria, 1963
Armenia: Poplars
from the series For Most Of It I Have No Words: Genocide, Landscape, Memory
1997, printed 2001
Gelatin silver print
Image: 7 15/16 × 8 in. (20.2 × 20.3 cm) Sheet: 15 15/16 × 12 in. (40.5 × 30.5 cm)
Credit Line

Gift of Joan Morgenstern in memory of Max Herzstein

Current Location
Not on view
Accession Number

[Blue Sky Gallery, Portland, Oregon]; purchased by Joan Morgenstern, Houston, October 27, 2003; given to MFAH, 2008.