Surviving in Lwów: One Childhood Remembered
In the summer of 2010, I came to know Dr. Leszek Allerhand of Zakopane, Poland, who survived three years of hiding as a hunted Jewish child in his home city of Lviv, Ukraine (formerly Lwów, Poland). Using a map that he himself made marked with dozens of locations of his hiding places, I crisscrossed the city visiting these sites, and made a photograph at each one. With his stories in my mind and the (elusive) elements of place before me, I used a 4x5 view camera to make images in a long, narrow format, with a band of selective focus running through the middle of the frame–nearly perpendicular to the film plane–as an invitation to enter past and present as these co-mingle in receptive testimony. The photographs will become part of a photo-text collaborative work undertaken with Jakub Nowakowski, director of the Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków.