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On Reflection

Places That Were Not


Time After Time

White Noise: Poland [1999-2000]

When making the White Noise series, where Gersht photographed his train journey from Krakow to Auschwitz, the limitations of what the camera can record became compelling. ‘Photographs always struggle in places like these because the photograph is good at recording detail, but it cannot talk about the depth of emotion in the events that took place. I was interested in the challenge of what can happen in a place that the camera can never deal with’. What resulted were white images of ‘frustrating absence’ beautifully shot and conceptually provoking.