In 1945, one of America’s most popular magazines, LIFE, tried to persuade an unbelieving public that the atrocities of the Holocaust really had taken place. But they left out a key part of the story: that the subjects of these photos were Jewish people.
LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography was organized by the Princeton University Art Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition premiered at Princeton (Feb 22–Mar 15, 2020), and traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Oct 9, 2022–Jan 16, 2023).
Produced by Sam Vladimirsky for State of the Arts. Images © LIFE Picture Collection. Video footage accessed at United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of The Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Interviewees include Katherine Bussard, Co-Curator, LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography and Peter C. Bunnell, Curator of Photography, Princeton University Art Museum; Alissa Schapiro, Co-Curator, LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography and Crown Graduate Fellow in Jewish Studies, Northwestern University, 2020-2021; and Jeremy Adelman, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and Director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University.