Artist Janet Hamlin has been sketching the tribunals at Guantánamo Bay since 2006. As the trials do not allow cameras or video, her artwork is the primary visual record of the proceedings.
In her work, we see the faces of many of the prison's infamous detaines -- Khalid Sheikh Muhammed and Ramzi bin al Shibh -- as well as the mundane workings of the court.
Hamlin was first sent to the court by The Associated Press to sketch the young Canadian detainee Omar Khadr in 2006. AP sent her twice more at which point she began to make regular trips to the base.
By the rules of the tribunal, she must submit her work to the Pentagon for approval. The Pentagon office's seal is affixed to each of the drawings.
She uses brown toned paper and pastels, which allow her to rework a drawing if a scene changes in mid-sketch, which she says happens often. The drawings take anywhere from 15 minutes to two hours apiece to complete. More of her work can be seen at her website, and in a book set for release this fall, titled “Sketching Guantánamo.”
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