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Yishay Garbasz: “In My Mother’s Footsteps”

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I came across Yishay Garasz’s work accidently last year. Actually, it was the name that did it. Not many people spell it like that, and when I spotted my namesake, I clicked the link – only to find some great photos.

For the last 4 years Yishay has been working on a book called “in my mother’s footsteps”. The book is out, so congratulations, and good luck with the next project!


Westerbork 2005 “…Mother started work in the central kitchen, washing and preparing vegetables for the daily soup. This was hard work for her, as her health was poor. After some time she was given work which was less strenuous. Both my sisters worked outside the camp, at hard labor. I became a messenger girl, running all over the camp to deliver messages. I ruined a pair of shoes during the first month and then got my first pair of wooden shoes (klompen).”

»My mother lost parts of her soul in those places and I had to go back to collect them… As I am a photographer, the camera was going to be my tool to help me see.«Yishay Garbasz

British-Israeli photographer Yishay Garbasz uses a bulky large-format camera “to force herself to slow down.” Her project In My Mother’s Footsteps is an exploration of the inheritance of memory as well as a healing process. Garbasz’s mother was born in Berlin in 1929 and fled from the Nazis with her family to Holland in 1933. In 1942, at the age of 14, she was incarcerated and deported to Westerbork, then to Theresienstadt. Via Auschwitz-Birkenau, she arrived in Christianstadt and was sent in April 1945 on one of the infamous death marches to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she was liberated by British forces.

In the making of this project, Garbasz traced her mother’s path for a year, often on foot, over long distances. The large camera forced her to spend time at each location, letting the image come to her, opening herself and the lens to what was there, admitting her own vulnerability.

The photographer was able to present the series to her mother, who died just a short while after its completion.



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December 24, 2008 at 3:29 am

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I’ve given up on finding time to select and touchup the pics from our weekend in Rome. Here they are, all 219 of them (above: Campo de’ Fiori).

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November 17, 2008 at 11:03 am

Are you looking at me (looking at you)?

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Installation of life size images. The image of the Palestinian should face (be on the opposite side) the six Israeli. That is, the work hangs on two opposite facing walls. Steve Sabella, 2008.

Steve Sabella's settlement

Steve Sabella

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October 10, 2008 at 12:57 am

Found: the ultimate steampunk project

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I found Kinetic Steam Works on Tristian Tristan (aka loupiote)’s beautiful burning man set. I was always a bit two-minded about steampunk. But these guys, three long hoots on the Levavasseur for them! I mean, what could be more steampunk than sailing an armada of steam boats up the Hudson?

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September 7, 2008 at 1:10 am

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Wired profiles Mike Stimpson. Familliar?

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August 17, 2008 at 12:38 am

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Mark Stimpson’s eerie lego reproductions

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Unexpected jems you find in Metro.
Mark Stimpson has a set of iconic photos reproduced with lego minifigs.

A Lego recreation of Jeff Widener’s 1989 photograph of “The unknown rebel”.

Original here …


Setup shot here …


It took me hours to make 4 identical Lego tanks from my big bag of random Lego bits! I could have saved some time and only made three.

Tiananmen Square

Anti-Empire protest

Viet Cong Captain

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April 4, 2008 at 9:46 am

Mega-spider at Mile’s end park

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Yesterday we thought we’ll see what’s on offer from the London Architecture Week. We ended up making land drawings in Mile’s End park:

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June 18, 2007 at 1:07 pm

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