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September 2011

So I’m doing super early prep for my possible trip to England and I was curious if any of my mutuals have been, or even possibly live there! 

I’m coming from America and I’m trying to prepare myself as much as possible so I don’t make any touristy mistakes, as I prefer not to be a source of attention or accidental disruption! 

I’ve gotten a few tips from Google, and I’m still looking, but it’d be awesome if I actually had someone who had been there/lives there to talk through it all. :) 

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Platform announcer, Earls Court Station, London, UK, 2017. 

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Week 10 / PHOTOGRAPHY IN LONDON

Exhibition Analysis

1.   Why and for whom do you think Vishniac took these photos?

Since I was not quite familiar with the anti-Jewish history, I did some research to help me understand the exhibition. After the World War 2, Nazi Germany and its ally countries began persecuting people in other races, especially Jews. Vishniac was commissioned at this period by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to take photos of poor and pious Jews as a fund-raising initiative. Therefore, these photos were taken for the JDC. However, I think Vishniac’s aim was much ambitious. Roman Vishniac was a Zionist who sympathized with those suffering Jews. By taking these photos, in my view, he not only wanted to preserve the memeory of Jews as a race on the verge of extinction but also tried to reveal the brutality and dictatorship of Nazi Germany. His photos attracted the attention of the rest of the world and hoped other countries and their leaders might do something to stop these monstrous Nazis.

2.   What, overall, can you understand about the lives of Jewish people in Eastern Europe in the first half of the 20th Century from this exhibition?

Since I was not quite familiar with the anti-Jewish history, I did some research to help me understand the exhibition. After the World War 2, Nazi Germany and its ally countries began persecuting people in other races, especially Jews. Vishniac was commissioned at this period by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to take photos of poor and pious Jews as a fund-raising initiative. Therefore, these photos were taken for the JDC. However, I think Vishniac’s aim was much ambitious. Roman Vishniac was a Zionist who sympathized with those suffering Jews. By taking these photos, in my view, he not only wanted to preserve the memeory of Jews as a race on the verge of extinction but also tried to reveal the brutality and dictatorship of Nazi Germany. His photos attracted the attention of the rest of the world and hoped other countries and their leaders might do something to stop these monstrous Nazis.

3.   What aspects of their lives has he chosen to highlight?

Vishniac has chosen to present the everyday life and living conditions of the Jews under  persecution. Parents taking their children to the cinemas, couple coming back from the market, young people learning skills at factories, families contesting in basements…. All these images reflected the poor living conditions of Jews.

4.   How do the information panels (the larger texts, and the labels beside each work) affect the way you read/understand the photos? To what extent can you understand what is going on in the images without the texts?

First, the large texts at the beginning of each section informed me of the time, place and social background of the photos. Such information was of great help to me since I was not familiar with this part of history. What’s more, the labels beside each work also played an essential role in helping me understand what each photo was of and about. Take the photo of teenagers in a factory as an example, at first I thought that these Jewish teenagers were working to support their families. However, they were actually under occupational training for future emigration since “many host countries would only admit Jewish immigrants with artisanal, agricultural or engineering skills”.

5.   Is there anything in this photographic project that you find problematic or that you think is worth of praise, or both? What makes it so – style, subject itself, a combination of both, other?

In many of the photos, the faces of Vishniac’s subjects were shown clearly, which might made those hidden Jews in danger and under search. Besides, the labels of some of the photos exposed the information of Jews, such as where they were living, when they usually went out and etc. Such information would made it easier for Nazi to find them.

6.   Choose one section of the exhibition and analyse more closely how Vishniac has depicted the subjects in that section – what has he chosen to include/ exclude from the photo? Look at camera angle/lighting/focus etc. How does this influence the way you understand the message of the photo?

I thought that the section - Berlin in Ruins, was quite shocking to me. The ruins of different architectures presented the serious damage brought by the war. One of these photos even depicted the mangled platform that had once been Vishniac’s living room. In this section, Vishniac took most of the photos from eye level, which shorten the distance between the photographer and his subjects. In Ruins of the Large Tropical Greenhouse, Berlin Botanical Garden, Dahomey, Berlin, 1947, the withered plants, the bare trunks of giant palm trees and          those cool and relentless steel construction were presented to me as if I were in that particular scene. The miserable scene in this greenhouse made me feel pity for those destroyed plants. I think Vishniac also had the same feeling and wanted to reveal this to the world, so he   took the image from his perspective.

7.   What is the relationship between the photographer and his subject(s) in these photos?

As a Zionist himself, Vishniac took snap shots of what he observed in the everyday life of Jews. He might had already become a part of the communities in which he took these photos. Some of his subjects might knew him well since he even got access to the basements where these Jews hid.

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Week 10 / PHOTOGRAPHY IN LONDON

My Documentary Assignment

During the two and a half month exchange life in London, I find that the lifestyle here is almost the same as that in Shanghai. However, one of the only few differences exists in the aspect of night life. In China, the shops and commercial plazas will not close till at least 10 pm, while in London, most stores close around 6pm, so I thought that the night life might be a little bit boring at first. However, this is not the case. Pubs constitute an indispensable part in British culture and in British people’s night life. It is quite common and interesting for me to see groups of British people standing outside pubs, discussing news, and sharing anecdotes. Therefore, I chose to take photos of how British people spend their spare time at night in pubs by spending several days to observe the pub “GLOBE” near our residence hall.

I took three phots in all. The first one was taken on a rainy Thursday night. Even the rain did not stop British people to come out for a drink. And since there were no seats left inside the pub, many people just stood outside and chatted. The second photo was taken when I went for a drink with my friend at Sunday night after 9 o’clock. Many people had just left home since there were some empty glasses on some tables. They might have a good time with their friends or families and needed to go home early to prepare for a brand new week. The third photo was taken when I went the pub the next night. It was only half past seven and many people were standing outside, enjoying the good weather while the inside was almost full. The three bartenders were busying getting new glasses of beer or wine for customers as can be seen in the photo.

During the process of taking these documentary photos, I felt deeply emerged into the British culture and British lifestyle, and got more convinced that pub is a unique socializing center as well as a source of legends since I used to heard that a literature society was formed in a pub at Oxford which had members such as J.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Pubs witness the night life of Londoners and has become a symbol of it.

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Shivers ran down my spine
and my whole body felt paralyzed,
my stomach fell
as if trying to wrap around my spine
and hold on to it for dear life,
my mind started racing
sending my thoughts off on a marathon -
I felt you standing behind me,
looking at me,
darting your eyes right through my back
and into my soul;
I felt you sensing me
trying to catch the smell of my perfume
(where you also trying to remember it?
savor it?)
and then I turned around,
I sort of didn’t want to,
because I knew you were about to say goodbye,
but I turned,
and you pulled me aside gently
(oh, I love how gentle you are with me!)
to hug me
(oh, what a wonderful hug that was!)
and to whisper in my ear:
“I will come back to take a look at you,”
and I wanted to hug you tighter
and say: “Please, do!”

Now, I wait until I will see you again.
I need to feel your arms around me.
I need to feel how you look at me.
I just…
I just need you.


//That rush of feelings and thoughts you have, when somebody you like is right next to you.