A new photography exhibition at IWM London, coordinated by the RPS, brings together over 50 contemporary portraits of Holocaust survivors and their families, shining a light on the full lives they have lived and our collective responsibility to cherish their stories.
In partnership with the Royal Photographic Society (RPS), Jewish News, and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors (6 August 2021 – 7 January 2022) showcases new works from 14 contemporary photographers, members and Fellows of RPS, alongside photography by RPS patron, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge. Displayed for the very first time, these powerful photographs capture the special connections between Holocaust survivors and the younger generations of their families.
The systematic persecution of Europe’s Jews by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945 led to the mass extermination of 6 million lives. For those who survived, its memory and impact were life changing. Through a series of individual and family portraits, the moving photographs in this exhibition present a group of survivors who made the UK their home after beginnings marked by unimaginable loss and trauma. While offering a space to remember and share their stories, these portraits are a celebration of the rich lives they have lived and the special legacy which their children and grandchildren will carry into the future.
The majority of the photographs in Generations: Portraits of Holocaust Survivors were captured in Spring 2021, presenting a brand-new body of work from contemporary photographers including Frederic Aranda, Sian Bonnell, Jillian Edelstein, Arthur Edwards, Anna Fox, Joy Gregory, Jane Hilton, Tom Hunter, Nadav Kander, Karen Knorr, Carolyn Mendelsohn, Simon Roberts, Michele Sank and Hannah Starkey.
**** Daily Telegraph "a stirring testament to lives fully lived"
Evening Standard "a connection built from one generation to another in order to benefit us"
Daily Express "revealing how joy can come from even the darkest of beginnings"
The exhibition will open at the RPS Gallery, Bristol, in January 2022.