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Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust

Harry Borden

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Photographs: portraits, Prose: non-fiction, European history, Genocide & ethnic cleansing, The Holocaust, Second World War, Judaism

Award-winning photographer Harry Borden brings together powerful and moving portraits of Holocaust survivors, with captions in their own words.

'A masterpiece and deeply moving' - Alain de Botton

'A wonderful piece of work' - Lynn Barber "...something really to behold, a substantial project of some real depth and authority. By flicking through the pages you can sense the amount of research, patience and hard work that has been invested. The portraits, as always with Borden are simple, effective and very telling." - Martin Parr

Survivor is a unique and powerful testimony of what it is to live with memories of the Holocaust.

Over the course of five years, acclaimed photographer Harry Borden has travelled the globe photographing survivors of the Holocaust. The people featured vary in age, gender and nationality, but are all tied together by their experience and survival of one of the darkest moments in human history.

Each photograph is accompanied by a handwritten note from the sitter, ranging from poems, to memories, to hopes for the future, creating a strong sense of intimacy between sitter and reader. At the end of the book is a section providing more information about the person in each portrait, and about how and what they survived, together with the historical context of the events they lived through.

Thought-provoking and touching, this book conveys the dignity and humanity of each subject's character.

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Praise for Survivor: A portrait of the survivors of the Holocaust

  • The book is also a crucial addition to the body of Holocaust testimony and memorialisation. - Australian Jewish News (Vic Edition)

  • There is something so very honest in the way that Borden has gathered together these images of Holocaust survivors, taken in environments that are known to them, without the aid of artificial lighting. - 100percentrock

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Harry Borden

Harry Borden is one of the most celebrated portrait photographers working today. His pictures have featured in some of the world's leading magazines, including The New Yorker, Time, Vogue, American GQ, Das Magazin, Le Nouvel Observateur and Stern. Harry has won prizes at the World Press Photo awards (1997 and 1999) and was a judge in the contest in 2010 and 2011. In June 2005 he was awarded a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, London; the gallery now has more than 100 examples of Harry's work in its permanent collection. His personal project on Holocaust survivors was shortlisted for the European Publishers Award in 2014. In the same year, Harry was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society.

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