Lest we forget

It's not often we feature an exhibition on our blog. Perhaps others offer greater insight. However, when an event of such importance lands on our doorstep we can't help but use this platform to shout about it.

Last Friday, The Photographers Gallery (a real favourite!) reopened its doors with more than 200 original press prints, drawn from the renowned Black Star collection of 20th Century photoreportage.

Harrowing and deeply personal, this exhibition offers a timely reminder of the events that have shaped the world as we know it.

(Photo: Human Rights Human Wrongs)

(Photo: Human Rights Human Wrongs)

(Photo: Human Rights Human Wrongs)

(Photo: Human Rights Human Wrongs)

Does photography have the power to capture the brutality of war, hatred born from discrimination, horrors resulting from undemocratic rule? Can the unimaginable become that which we know and feel? Is a snapshot capable of revealing the truth?

The silence is broken with the words of Óscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador who spoke out about injustice until his assassination on 24 March 1980. 

I’d like to make an appeal in a special way to the men in the army. Brothers, each one of you is one of us. We are the same people. The farmers and peasants you kill are your own brothers and sisters... I implore you, I beg you, I order you, stop the repression.

It's hard to continue on but even more difficult to look away.

Lest we forget.

 

Human Rights Human Wrongs

The Photographers Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW

6 February - 6 April 2015

 

Author: J. Ashbridge