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Portraits of Holocaust Survivors.
The genesis of this project arose from my childhood. My brother, sister and I grew up in a vaguely non-religious environment. Like most boys, I idealized my father and when he explained bluntly that the Nazis would have killed us because of our racial and religious characteristics I was shocked. I guess I had considered myself a Christian like my Mother. Growing-up, my atheist father was the only Jew I had ever met so firstly this mission is a personal exploration of my identity.
My approach has been to focus on the survivors’ dignity and humanity. I ask each participant to provide a hand written statement of their choosing to be used alongside the image to illustrate each person’s perspective. The use of available light and locating people in their home environment is designed to create intimacy.
Secondly, I would suggest that a couple of decades from now, foolish and sinister people will increasingly feel able to deny the Holocaust ever happened. These portraits will hopefully become a small part of the documentation of a uniquely horrific event in modern history.
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