Of Life and Loss: The Polish Photographs of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky
Through July 12, 2009
The Detroit Institute of Arts
5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit
Vishniac’s camera told him that the scenes he was recording were breathing their final breaths, and Gusky, returning to the scenes of the crime, found symbols still declaring hatred and destruction. In their approach to photographing destruction, Vishniac and Gusky might be compared to a different Jewish ancestor. Rabbi Akiva famously laughed when he saw foxes running around in the ruins of the Temple. Just as Rabbi Akiva found promise and hope in the destruction, Vishniac’s and Gusky’s photographs are complex and reveal tragedy and beauty bundled together.
Menachem Wecker welcomes comments at email@example.com. He is a painter and writer, residing in Washington, D.C.
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