On the Dachau Exhibit
On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 9:35 AM, David Cupp wrote:Eric, I will be putting together a blog post pointing my readers to the work from Dachau that you’ve been posting lately. If you have a few moments, I would appreciate some background information for the post.When did you make the trip? I recall reading in one of the earliest posts that they were from “a recent trip” – was it within the last few weeks, or sometime in the last year, etc?
I was in Europe for a conference in July, and had always wanted to go to Bavaria, especially Munich. I took a week vacation after the conference, rented a room in a strategically-chosen “pension” in the heart of Munich and just spent the week wandering around the city with my camera. Dachau village is essentially a suburb of modern Munich, and the concentration camp is just a short train ride on the S-bahn plus a short free shuttle ride from the train stop.
Are there any restrictions on photographing in Dachau? Did you need a license or special permission or were there no problems?
How long will the exhibition last? IE, should I say “and watch for more to come over the next few days… couple of weeks…”
The crematoriums are coming last.
Was this your first visit to Dachau or were you familiar with the camp before?
After a few pleasant days I began to wonder about it. I had this juxtaposition in my head of the horrors of nazi germany, the birthplace of which was munich, and the absolutely delightful experience I was having. I decided to take a full day at Dachau, concentrating simply on learning, observing and photographing around the monument, which is a restoration of the camp on the original site. And I was extremely glad I did so. It’s a very powerful place, and a sobering reminder of how things can get when a civilization takes an ugly turn. Really got me thinking about a lot of things that are going on in various places around the world now too.
Anything else you’d want to share about the experience?
I had this collection of photos from the summer visit to Germany, and I shared them out on the blog, all except the Dachau ones. Perhaps because I was there and felt such a disconnect, it troubled me to just post them like any other ordinary photos. I also wondered whether my blog readership would find it too depressing and stop reading. And interestingly, readership did drop markedly after I started the series. But now I definitely feel that it was a good thing to do, to share that in some way. I’m certainly glad to see your interest, and appreciate you pointing a few viewers that way.
Thanks so much for your help.