The Easel

At the MFA, bearing witness to the unbearable

How should we regard images taken in a WW2 Jewish ghetto? Their survival is miraculous and they are a valuable historical record. Another review digs deeper. “Did [the photographer] have much of an artistic vision? Is it even fair to ask that, given the circumstances…? [If this] is art, it’s an art that gets its undeniable power through the suffering and ultimate demise of its subjects.” An excellent video (4 min) is here.