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Royal Malaysia Police

I came across an abandoned police station and found identity photographs of the police personnel being scattered around. Most of them still look good, except for a layer of dust on top of the photographs. However, there were some that have been destroyed by the harsh weather in Malaysia. I found them to be interesting. Some look uncanny. It made me wonder why these photographs are being neglected seeing that they are photographs used for identification of the police. 


This series of damaged and scarred photographs symbolically represent the decadence of the Royal Malaysia Police. As Walter Benjamin said these photographs show death in them. The sins committed by the Police were in the disfigured photos as in the novel “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.

Royal Malaysia Police is a series of work about re-photographing the identity photographs of the police personnel.

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