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12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman

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October 13, 2016 - January 29, 2017

The FotoFocus Biennial 2016 is a regional, month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art held throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding region that features over 60 exhibitions and related programming. As part of the Biennial, participating venues respond to the theme: Photography, the Undocument.
 
In 1981 and 1983, Columbus, Ohio photographer James Friedman traveled to Europe to photograph 12 Nazi concentration camps in Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, France, Germany, and Poland. At the time of his visits, during the Cold War, there was nothing left in many of the camps but a field or memorial sculpture or fabricated barracks to replace the ones that had disappeared. Friedman's color photographs make no attempt to travel back in time. Rather, they are unsettling and startling, juxtaposing hallowed ground with concession stands, maintenance workers, and tourists--challenging traditional approaches to this subject matter. 
 
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In conjunction with 12 Nazi Concentration Camps: Photographs by James Friedman, The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education presents Through Their Lens: Photo Reflections on the Holocaust. The exhibition explores the topic of secondary witnesses and their contributions to Holocaust education and remembrance.