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Jewish Photography of the Holocaust
Explore the poignant photography of Henryk Ross, chronicling Łódź Ghetto life; Faye Schulman’s WWII Jewish partisan resistance images; and Auschwitz Sonderkommandos’ grim work near gas chambers. Ross’s vital documentation confronts Holocaust denial, while Schulman captures Jewish resistance. The Sonderkommandos’ haunting photos offer an unprecedented view into Auschwitz’s horrors. This class challenges Nazi propaganda’s influence on Holocaust understanding, spotlighting 30,000 Jewish partisans, while delivering an intimate portrayal of history’s darkest chapter through these courageous photographers’ lenses.
Robert Hirsch is an artist, curator, educator, historian and author of Seizing the Light: A Social & Aesthetic History of Photography and Light and Lens: Thinking About Photography in the Digital Age. Transformational Imaging: Handmade Photography Since 1960, Photographic Possibilities; and Exploring Color Photography.
Hirsch was a professor of photography at Amarillo College, SUNY/Buffalo, and SUNY/Brockport where he was also the Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Director of the Visual Studies Workshop. Hirsch leads Light Research, a consulting firm providing professional services to the photographic arts field. He is the former Executive Director and Chief Curator of CEPA Gallery. He has curated over 200 solo and group exhibitions, and public art projects. He is a co-founder of the Clean Air Coalition of WNY.