Dark LensImaging Germany, 1945

Dark LensImaging Germany, 1945

Françoise Meltzer

Print publication date: 2020

ISBN: 9780226625638

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Abstract

This book draws on literature and a never-before-seen cache of photographs taken by a member of the French Resistance (who is also the author's mother), immediately following the Allied bombing of Berlin and other German cities near the end of World War II. The book explores the representation of catastrophe through the gaze of the camera's lens. It uses the medium and witnessing of photography to question the ethics of targeting civilians during war.