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Jeff Gusky photographs from the exhibition ‘Of Life and Loss: The Polish Photographs of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky’ at The Detroit Institute of Arts

Exhibition dates: 15th April – 12th July, 2009

 

As promised photographs by Jeff Gusky from the exhibition ‘Of Life and Loss: The Polish Photographs of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky’. Many thanks to Jeff for making them available to me. I have tried to form a small narrative from some of the photographs that Jeff sent me, like a piece of music. The flow through passageways and doorways forming rivers of light and dark ends in the ascending stairs that hold the possibility of deliverance and redemption. The image is reminiscent of photographs by Eugene Atget.

The most beautiful video (see below) is entirely appropriate for this post: Gorecki Symphony No. 3 “Sorrowful Songs” – Lento e Largo.

M Bunyan

 

Jeff Gusky. 'Corridor in Kazimierz (Former Jewish District)' Cracow, Poland 1996

 

Jeff Gusky
‘Corridor in Kazimierz (Former Jewish District)’
Cracow, Poland 1996

 

Jeff Gusky. 'Former Jewish Home in Use as a Public Toilet' Dzialoszyce, Poland 1996

 

Jeff Gusky
‘Former Jewish Home in Use as a Public Toilet’
Dzialoszyce, Poland 1996

 

Jeff Gusky. 'Desecrated Synagogue and Jewish School' Dzialoszyce, Poland 1999

 

Jeff Gusky
‘Desecrated Synagogue and Jewish School’
Dzialoszyce, Poland 1999

 

Jeff Gusky. 'Lublin Corridor #1' Lublin, Poland 1999

 

Jeff Gusky
‘Lublin Corridor #1’
Lublin, Poland 1999

 

Jeff Gusky. 'Birkenau Silhouette' Auschwitz, Poland 1996

 

Jeff Gusky
‘Birkenau Silhouette’
Auschwitz, Poland 1996

 

Jeff Gusky. 'Where They Lived #4' Cracow, Poland 2001

 

Jeff Gusky
‘Where They Lived #4’
Cracow, Poland 2001

 

 

 

 

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4 Responses to “Jeff Gusky photographs from the exhibition ‘Of Life and Loss: The Polish Photographs of Roman Vishniac and Jeffrey Gusky’ at The Detroit Institute of Arts”


  1. 1 Antoinette Blum
    January 31, 2011 at 4:05 am

    As has already been said, these photos are indeed “poignant”,”haunting and beautiful”. Jeff Gusky is an artist who, without words, is able to capture the human tragedy hidden behind “these silent places”. I look forward to seeing his future work.

  2. 3 jo stevenson
    April 28, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Beautiful images yet so poingnant memories… video very moving.

  3. April 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    These photos are both haunting and beautiful. It’s always great to see some buzz surrounding DIA exhibitions. Thank you for sharing!


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Dr Marcus Bunyan is an Australian artist and writer. His work explores the boundaries of identity and place. He writes the Art Blart blog which reviews exhibitions in Melbourne, Australia and posts exhibitions from around the world. He has a Dr of Philosophy from RMIT University, Melbourne and is currently studying a Master of Art Curatorship at The University of Melbourne.

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