Synopses & Reviews
From 1941 to 1944, the Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross (1910andndash;1991) was a member of an official team documenting the implementation of Nazi policies in the Lodz Ghetto. Covertly, he captured on film scores of both quotidian and intimate moments of Jewish life. In 1944, he buried thousands of negatives in an attempt to save this secret record. After the war, Ross returned to Poland to retrieve them. Although some were destroyed by nature and time, many negatives survived.
Memory Unearthed presents a selection of the nearly 3,000 surviving imagesandmdash;along with original prints and other archival material including curfew notices and newspapersandmdash;from the permanent collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Rossandrsquo;s images offer a startling and moving new representation of one of humanityandrsquo;s greatest tragedies. Striking for both their historical content and artistic quality, his photographs have a raw intimacy and emotional power that remain undiminished.and#160;
Art Gallery of Ontario
Henryk Rossandrsquo;s photographs, covertly taken during the war, capture both intimate and quotidian moments in the Lodz Ghetto.
About the Author
Maia-Mari Sutnik is curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario and adjunct professor in the School of Image Arts at Ryerson University.and#160;Bernice Eisenstein is the author of the internationally acclaimed graphic memoir I Was a Child of Holocaust Survivors.and#160;Robert Jan van Pelt is a professor of cultural history at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.and#160;Michael Mitchell is an award-winning freelance photographer, writer, and documentary filmmaker.and#160;Eric Beck Rubinand#160;is a writer, public speaker, and instructor at the University of Toronto.and#160;