The work shown here is from a personal on going project: Remember: Holocaust Survivors. It is a series of close up portraits of people who survived the Nazi persecution of Hitler. I have done a few other projects on Holocaust Survivors, my main reason for starting this one, is simple - those that survived the Holocaust are getting older and fewer. The survivors and those that were killed cannot just become an historical statistic, what happened to them must be remembered as a means of education against prejudice, and intolerance, so that we all as individuals and nations can be more understanding, accepting and tolerant of each others differences; be they religious, nationality, ethnic, gender, or sexuality.
The Holocaust, which ended with the liberation of the concentration camps in 1945. The first major camp, Majdanek, in Poland was liberated in July 1944, and the most notorious, Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviets on the 25th January 1945.
Nine images from this series formed a poster, and was part of Art Below Diamond Jubilee celebration for display at Bond Street underground station (Jubilee line, platform 3 northbound) for two weeks. The poster was also part of a group exhibition at The Underground Gallery, Charring Cross Station, London.
A number of photographs from this series are now in The British Library. And I am happy to write the the portrait of Lily Ebert MBE was on the front over of the Dutch publication of her book "Lily's Promise", which she co wrote with her great grandson Dov Forman.
This project was supported by Leica Store Mayfair.