Lakeside Arts
Part of University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts
Event Detail

The Eye as Witness: Recording the Holocaust

Saturday 22 January - Sunday 13 March
Djanogly Gallery


Admission Free

Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-5pm
Sunday: 12noon-4pm
Closed Mondays

‘The Eye as Witness’ is an immersive multimedia experience examining Holocaust photography. It has been designed to make us question the motives behind the recording of historical events and to encourage critical thinking on racism, hatred and ‘fake news’ today. The exhibition features virtual reality technology that allows visitors to ‘step into’ a picture taken by a Nazi photographer in the Warsaw Ghetto enabling them to observe what was left out of the frame of the image. The exhibition also features photos that are rarely seen today: secret pictures taken by Jewish people and members of the anti-Nazi resistance, who, at great risk to themselves, used the camera to record the story as they saw it. 

The exhibition has been researched by Professor Maiken Umbach and a multi-disciplinary team as part of the AHRC funded project "Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism” and is exhibited in partnership with the National Holocaust Centre and Museum through the generous support of the Arts Council and AHRC. 

I was very impressed, it's amazingly real" Martin Stern, Holocaust Survivor

Three images including in the Eye as Witness exhibition

Watch this video for a preview of the exhibition:


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Images L-R: Stroop Report Warsaw Ghetto Uprising 1943 © National Archives and Record Administration, Washington | Shannen Lang, from the Peace Museum, as the exhibition prepares to open | Excavating the box of negatives and documents Henryk Ross buried in the ghetto at 12 Jagielonska Street, Lodz, March 1945. Photo: Henryk Ross © Art Gallery of Ontario, gift from Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007