Smuggled photos on view in ‘Caesar’s Photos: Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons’ exhibit

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs will host “Caesar’s Photos: Inside Syria’s Secret Prisons,” an exhibit that displays graphic photos of detainees from Syrian regime prisons.

The photos were taken by a former Syrian military photographer who goes by the code name “Caesar” to protect his identity. Upon thorough analysis by a legal and forensic team, it was concluded that the over 55,000 photos Caesar smuggled out of Syria documented at least 11,000 deaths under detainment. The photos have been authenticated by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The Coalition for a Democratic Syria works closely with Caesar and his team to coordinate exhibitions. The photos have been displayed at prominent institutions such as the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, U.S. Congress, European Parliament, U.K. Parliament, and the United Nations. 

An opening reception will be held Tuesday, March 8, at 5 p.m. Admission is limited to the Yale community. Ambassador Robert Ford, a senior fellow at the Jackson Institute and the former ambassador to Syria, will give brief remarks. 

The exhibit will be open to the general public Wednesday-Friday, March 9-11 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Call 203-432-6253 to make an appointment to view the exhibit, which is on view in the GM Room, Horchow Hall, 55 Hillhouse Ave. For additional information visit the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs website.