“Jewish Ghetto Photographers: Reimagining the Holocaust”

February 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
Portland Art Museum
1219 SW Park

Ostrow Memorial lecturer Judith Cohen, Director of Photo Archives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The lecture presents and analyzes the importance of ghetto photographers during the Holocaust, including Lodz Ghetto photographer, Henryk Ross. Since the vast majority and best known Holocaust photography – images as the boy in the Warsaw Ghetto and the selections at Auschwitz – was taken by German photographers, more often we visually imagine the Holocaust through Nazi eyes. There also exists, however, a considerable corpus of Jewish ghetto photography taken both by professional and amateur photographers. These photographs not only capture aspects of the ghetto hidden to the Germans, but also show layers of ambiguity and nuance that the official photos miss. How do these photographs differ from the better known Nazi photographs? Does it matter who took the photo or just what appears in the image?

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