Seeing Eye to Eye
Because it’s the product of three independent parties—photographer, camera, subject—the photograph cannot be owned. indeed, it can affect us in ways the photographer might never have foreseen or desired.
William T. Vollmann
ALBUM OF THE DAMNED:
SNAPSHOTS FROM THE THIRD REICH
by Paul Garson
Academy Chicago Publishers
$50.00 List Price
How should we parse a documentary image that directly or indirectly portrays evil, injustice, anguish? What rights and duties, if any, does our understanding engender?
I begin with Paul Garson’s Album of the Damned: Snapshots from the Third Reich. The majority of the photographs were composed, we are informed, by Wehrmacht soldiers who were amateur photographers. How could such a compilation fail to fascinate? Unfortunately,
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