Hrair Sarkissian's Execution Squares 2008 were taken in three different cities -- Damascus, Aleppo and Lattakia -- in places where public executions have taken place, for civil rather than political crimes. At the age of 12, Hrair stumbled across three hanging bodies in a public square one morning. It is an image that has stayed with him for the rest of his life.

The photographer shot the squares in the early morning when the streets were quiet, around the time when executions are carried out.