GENERATIONS: PORTRAITS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS
SIMON ROBERTS

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. In this set of mesmerising video portraits, Holocaust survivors pose for the camera for several minutes, remaining as still as possible in a similar fashion to mid-19th century photographic portraits. Initially the videos appear as still photographs, however, on closer inspection the viewer can see subtle movements, such as a blink of an eye or the movement of vegetation. Each portrait is accompanied by a monologue read out by a younger family member, each of whom describes the legacy their relative’s experience of the Holocaust has had on their own lives and upbringing. These family members are revealed later in each video portrait, as is an object the survivor sees as particularly significant, such as a tattooed identification number, religious text or family photograph.

The exhibition is on at the Royal Photographic Society in Bristol.

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