Dora Fobert, ca 1942, From the Archive of Adela K.
There is in the words ‘a beautiful Jewess’ a very special sexual signification… This phrase carries an aura of rape and massacre.
– Jean-Paul Sartre, Anti-Semite and Jew (1946)
These pictures were presented at Krakow Photomonth, 2011, where Broomberg & Chanarin were invited as curators.
“This particular project was created around photographer Dora Fobert (1925 – 1943), Warsaw Ghetto, 1940-42. She was the assistant of Jakub Boim, official ghetto photographer and she began her own series of portraits of women in the Warsaw Ghetto shortly before being deported to Treblinka, August 1942. These photographs were saved by Adela K, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto. They were taken in a studio in the ghetto on Chlodna Street in June 1942. Because of the limited supply of photographic chemicals, they were never properly fixed and remain unstable under natural light.”