Friday, March 5, 2010

"Shoes on the Danube", (photo:Christof C, December 2008)

This photo is one of the favourite of the thousands I took on my gap year and hence probably the best creative work I have ever done. It shows the public artwork of the "shoes on the Danube", an artwork by Gyula Pauer and Can Togay. The artwork is a string of sixty pairs of cast iron period shoes along the Pest side of the Danube. It commemorates the Jews massacred by the Arrow Cross party.

I think the photo works because it captures the insitu nature of the memorial. A memorial that uses its simplicity and subtlety to convey the loss of the Hungarian Jews. Unlike other Holocaust memorials of Europe "shoes on the Danube" doesn't denominate the landscape and would be very easy to miss.

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