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Photography exhibit focuses on Holocaust remembrance

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Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 09:01

The UNO Criss Library is currently hosting an exhibit by photographer Ophir Palmon. The exhibit, “Future, Beware!,” is a collection of images taken as part of a larger project to examine the Holocaust through the eyes of Jewish-American teens. UNO and the Council for Holocaust and Genocide Studies are sponsoring the exhibit.

“Future, Beware!” was born out of the 2010 March of the Living Project. Palmon wanted to observe, explore and document how today’s young people understand and relate to the Holocaust.

Many of the photos were taken in and around Krakow, Poland and Israel.

The group visited several sites significant to the time period of the Holocaust. The sites included the Remuh Cemetery, a Jewish cemetery desecrated by Nazis to humiliate the region’s Jews. It was destroyed during the Nazi occupation of Poland. After the war, the headstones were collected and returned to the cemetery.

Many of the subjects in the photos have their backs turned to the camera, making the viewer unaware of their emotions.

This allows the scenery to be the subject of the photography. If the viewer is aware of the history of the Holocaust, then the imagery of the different buildings, synagogues and cemeteries entices an unsettling feeling.

The lighting and composition Palmon chose to photograph these images in adds to the effect.

One striking photo is of a female Holocaust survivor being consoled by a group of teens after visiting the sites of her childhood. This picture strikes a chord by allowing the viewer, and the subjects in the photograph, a deeper understanding of the impact the Holocaust had on so many people.

The exhibit employs different techniques to grab the viewer’s attention. These techniques include sequences of photos and a panoramic photo surrounding the viewer. This panoramic photo is especially effective. Showing the landscape of a concentration camp, it gives the viewer a sense of scale and isolation from the outside world.

Palmon’s projects center on individuals and families in different phases of life, covering a variety of subjects such as a person’s home life to large family events and experiences. He has traveled all over the world taking photos everywhere he goes. He has been to places as far reaching as Israel, India and Russia.

The exhibit is part of larger program of Holocaust studies that also includes three lectures given on subjects relating to the Holocaust.

Lectures are free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through Feb. 22 in the Osborne Family Gallery at the Criss Library.

 

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