Jun 10, 2014
I'm delighted that Ariel Meyerowitz chose one of my SITE/SIGHT series for the runner-up award in the Soho Photo Gallery's 2014 National Photography Competition. The opening is July 1, 6-8 p.m. and the show runs July 2-26
Entrance to Auschwitz II-Birkenau Death Camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau State Memorial and Museum. Oświęcim, Republic of Poland
In 2013 I visited twenty-one sites, memorials, and museums related to atrocity and genocide. At these places, emblematic of the violent histories that have formed our contemporary world, it is almost automatic for visitors to raise their smart phones and cameras. I explore this very contemporary action and its implications for seeing and empathy. The subjects rarely know that I am photographing them, even though I handhold a 4x5 press-camera. My vintage equipment fits with a project that examines the present in terms of the past. The photographs are titled with the name of the memorial and the country where it is found, so the body of work is also a catalog.