The photographs of an Auschwitz prisoner Wilhelm Brasse taken at the concentration camp for the Nazis. The Reich was obsessed with bureaucratic records and setup ‘Erkennungsdienst,’ the photographic identification unit.
The camp’s commander discovered Brasse’s much needed technical skills to better document The Final Solution.
Concerning Brasse's work, a three-quarter frame with a prison headgear was required. Not yet fully emaciated, each subject calmly posed for the camera, following the directions of the photographer. Each subject stares off to the side, a little upward, as in many painterly portraits done at the time of the Renaissance. Open faces, accompanied with a beret, evoke many of the anonymous men of Renaissance painting.
Quietness, a calming atmosphere… a couple minutes of the Human Condition
gave these prisoners a gift from the Past. Unexpected parallels of times, conditions, dignity ... stand against a particular evil. Renaissance as the law of survive.