Posts Tagged ‘photography’

A photographer’s fair trade

By S. Parker Yesko I spent close to two months traveling in India this summer. A friend and I followed the Ganges River from its terminus near the Bay of Bengal to its glacial source in the Himalayan foothills. Along the way, we conducted several dozen audio interviews of people who interact with the river […]


Photography and the “saving action”

By Kristian Jebsen The patients lay on ragged mats on the concrete floor, their ankles chained to the wall. A man rolled over and emptied his bladder into a narrow gutter that ran the length of the building. The piss ran by my feet and into the courtyard. I had to take a picture. Or […]


Decency and journalism

By Kristian Jebsen On display at the ramp at Birkenau are photos documenting the selection process of Jews arriving by train from Hungary. The SS doctor stands in uniform, gesturing to his right, sending an old man with a cane to his death. Perpendicular to the offloading ramp, a long dirt path separates the male […]


Photography, selfies and mass murder

By Katelyn Verstraten Selfie sticks waving in the air. Cellphone cameras flashing. Teenagers making peace signs. It’s an overcast May afternoon and tourists are photographing a site in Berlin. But this isn’t just any tourist destination: this is the Topography of Terror, a location that once housed the SS, SD and Gestapo headquarters, and where the […]


Art and photography at Auschwitz

By Jessica Davey-Quantick There is an image of fuzzy kittens cavorting on the wall of one of the bathrooms at Auschwitz 1. “Prisoners did it,” says Pawel Sawicki, who works in the press office at Auschwitz. He calls the kittens “semi-official art”: art that was not exactly approved, but likely did not attract punishment. In […]


Bearing witness through photography

By Lindsey Anderson Disclaimer: This post contains an image that may be disturbing to some viewers.  Gruesome images have existed as long as photography has, but they seem to have pervaded modern life because of social media. On Facebook or YouTube, viewers can find videos of Islamic State militants viciously killing prisoners or photographs of […]