Book of the Week Book of the Week: A Pick by Martin Parr Martin Parr selects Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust. by Harry Borden as Book of the Week.
"Harry Borden is one of the best-known portrait photographers in Britain and has an illustrious career photographing politicians and celebrities. Back in 2008, he decided to start a longer personal project and came up with the notion of photographing holocaust survivors. Whilst giving a lecture at the London Jewish Cultural centre, he mentioned this and explained that anyone sitting for this project would get a free print. There were a few survivors in the audience and the word of mouth campaign kicked off that night. Travelling as far as Australia, the USA and Israel he then accumulated 214 portraits, all of which are accompanied with a handwritten note by the survivor, expressing their thoughts on their past experiences. At the back of the book is a detailed account of each survivor, and what they have achieved with the rest of their lives.
The resulting book is something really to behold, a substantial project of some real depth and authority. By flicking through the pages you can sense the amount of research, patience and hard work that has been invested. The portraits, as always with Borden are simple, effective and very telling." — Martin Parr
Martin Parr is a photographer, a curator and editor. His book about the history of Chinese photobooks was published last year.
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