Auschwitz Memorial concentation & extermination camp
Visiting the Auschwitz Memorial concentration & extermination camp was one of my hardest life and photographic experience.
Why am I passionate about Jewish history and culture for so long? Perhaps it is because of my rootlessness or my fascination with their necessary strength in the face of adversity and hell.
In any case, as the years went by, visiting the Auschwitz Memorial became an evidence for me.
My Slavic origins were probably not unrelated to this, given the fate reserved for us by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Travelling to Poland with my partner allowed us to meet up with long-time Polish friends, which greatly helped to make the visit to the Memorial bearable.
For years I have been preparing for this visit: watching videos about the camps, testimonies, photos but….Once you get there, you will NEVER be prepared!
You can’t imagine the scale of the camps…A “Final Solution Industry”.
All day I tried to stay focused on my work as a photographer. I explored every corner of the camp, trying to capture what I felt.
Around 4pm, as I stood at the end of the endless camp of Birkenau, all the horrors flashed before my eyes. I put down my equipment… and cried.
As this project was very close to my heart, I carefully prepared
A photographic exhibition entitled: Auschwitz, Industry of the “Final Solution”
Through about fifteen commented photographs of the Auschwitz camps, in the respect and memory due to him, the visitor is invited to discover the fate of the prisoners from the entrance to the sordid exit of the camps.
I am very proud that one of my photos has recently been awarded in the category of professional photojournalism (Monochrome Photography Awards)
For further informations : Auschwitz Memorial official Website