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Willy-Brandt-Haus : Collection Benita Suchodrev : Echoes of War

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»As far as war photographs are concerned, I am always touched and often amazed when I discover images that are not just historically relevant, but also reveal an artistic motivation, the motivation to capture something ‘aesthetic’ or even ‘poetic’ in a picture, at a time that actually does not permit it.« Benita Suchodrev   The exhibition Echoes of War presents a selection of original photographic images from the Second World War. The Photographs follow the gaze of those who observed, caused and lived through the events, resulting in visual documents where politically and strategically important information as well as fleeting and poetic moments are captured. These historical photographs tell individual stories that present the subjective views of the various individuals behind these pictures and the far-reaching echo of the stories they tell. The photographs originate mostly from Germany, England, France, Poland, Russia and the USA. Having acquired the photographs through auctions, private research, contacts to fellow collectors, contemporary witnesses and antique dealers worldwide, the Russian-American artist photographer Benita Suchodrev obtained a treasure of personal memories that spawns historical insights, promotes dialogue and...

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