Why Photograph?

“To connect with creative individuals”

Photography is a true solace in my life and to work on projects that I’m passionate about is incredibly fulfilling.

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Despite my chronic health issues (meaning I’m currently bed-bound), I’m extremely eager to connect with creative individuals.

Hannah Gimblett

You can see other reasons people make photographs here.

Why Photograph?

“To show others what I cared about”

I had first picked up a camera at the age of seventeen, and photography immediately opened up my world. From the beginning, it was a way to show others what I cared about and a wonderful pretext for me to enter new worlds.

Peter Turnley, Parisians (2000)

You can see other reasons people make photographs here.

Holocaust Revisionism: Very Much Alive 77 Years After WWII

Jan Grabowski, a professor of history at the University of Ottawa, writing in The New York Times:

Poland’s efforts to reframe history reflect a trend proliferating in other European countries to obfuscate the history of the Holocaust. In France, the far right has made efforts to whitewash the record of the Vichy government, which collaborated with the Nazis. In Hungary and Croatia, local complicity and collaboration during the war is downplayed, shifting the blame for the Jewish catastrophe entirely onto the German occupiers. What makes the Polish example so distinctive is the apparent scale of state official involvement in redirecting the narrative.

In all these cases, pushing blame for the destruction of Jewish communities entirely onto Nazi occupiers obfuscates the larger context of Holocaust horror and the very real problems of collaboration, bystanderism and local antisemitism that helped run the machine of the Holocaust.

Why Photograph? Memories

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

Andy Warhol

I cherish the memories triggered by photographs (aka Kodak moments).

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, my hometown, in 1928. He was educated at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (Carnegie Mellon University) in Pittsburgh.

You can see some other reasons people make photographs here.

Holocaust Museum Statement on Texas Hostage Situation

“Jews were targeted simply for being Jewish”

The continued targeting of synagogues in the United States is cause for alarm. From Pittsburgh, to Poway, to now Colleyville, these attacks have one constant throughout: Jews were targeted simply for being Jewish. History is a powerful reminder of the dangers of unchecked antisemitism. These events remind us that all segments of society must work to prevent it from flourishing. We hope that Holocaust education will inspire people to confront antisemitism and all forms of hate.

Sara J. Bloomfield, Museum Director