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“In the process of evolving this documentary power and the very real issues confronting us at the end of the 20th century, the beauty of the world often got lost in the accepted aesthetic of the Fine Art photography world. The famous quote by Cartier-Bresson about Weston and Adams photographing trees when the world was falling apart, comes to mind. Despite the enormous work and sometimes horrifyingly real world experiences it took to make them, it was easier to have photographs appreciated depicting the angst of the human experience. The dark side, the street photography of tragic circumstances, or peculiar people was the art, rather than responses to the beauty of the natural world, much less an appreciation for the wonder that it represents.”

Stephen Johnson

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By Wladyslaw Strzemiński

“The technique of double collage using pictures from printed media as well as own creation, adopted by Strzemiński, urges us to see the cycle To my friends, the Jews as an attempt to express the unity of the experience of a war artist in connection with the tragedu of the Holocaust. This effort furthermore adds to the compositional structure another element: that of memory, turning memory into the metaphorical axis of the narrative. Strzemiński’s visualizations of traces, emptiness, reflection and loss, already known from his wartime artwork, now become components of a new picture, enriched by a photographic incarnation and at the same time given a mnemonic space, within which the extermination is to be grasped in the form of ideas.”

Andrej Turowski