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ISBN 10: 9657801524 ISBN 13: 9789657801529 Catalog Number: 7801-52 Number of Pages: 504 Year Published: 2024
Description: THE LONKA PROJECT is a photographic tribute to the last hhHolocaust survivors around the world. Since 2019, three hundred and eleven professional photographers, many world leaders in their respective fields, volunteered their talent not only to capture the human subject artistically, but also to draw lessons and serve as memory keepers for tomorrow’s generations who will never know a Holocaust survivor. For the participating survivors who generously opened their homes and hearts to the photographers in 33 countries, The Lonka Project carries their global message for tolerance, humanity and compassion in a world not rid of antisemitism and ethnic hatred. The rhythms of life do not mitigate the horrors of the past, yet the survivors continue to stand as a symbol of optimism. The outcomes in this book celebrate their resilience and their power to live in a context that makes a unique and memorable statement about their lives. We participating photographers believe it is our duty to shine a spotlight on the last living witnesses of the Holocaust because truth cannot be defeated. Jim Hollander and Rina Castelnuovo Hollander, editors
The lifeblood of a photojournalist is commitment to a story, and there is not story more important to us, to humankind, than protecting the memory of the atrocity of the Holocaust so it never drifts from our memories. Jeffrey D. Smith Director of Contact Press Images, NYC
‘We are memory keepers’: In a few years, this Holocaust Project will be impossible to do. Dina Kraft Ha’aretz
The result of their efforts is one of the largest feats of photojournalism ever attempted. The result is an incredibly diverse set of pictures with no singular artistic theme. There are close, intimate portraits in black and white and others in bright colors showing people dancing, getting their hir cut or with their vast families—one captures a woman hanging up cards for her 90th birthday on a length of string. Oliver Holmes The Guardian
The Lonka Project has never been more relevant and urgent. Peter Dench Amateur Photographer, UK
In 2018, when photojournalists Jim Hollander and Rina Castelnuovo decided to address the continuing chasm in public awareness about World War II and the Nazi regime and started The Lonka Project... and became the inspiration to try a different approach to holding on to the uniqueness of individual experiences that many survivors still held inside. Jim and Rina set out to approach things with the simple mantra of a one subject / one photographer construct that would soon ripple cross the globe and attract numerous marquee names from the world of photography. Eager to participate, diverse talents such as...fell in step with the “no rules but with absolute control” of the edict given to all...Rina and Jim’s resolve to pursue this universal body of work is nothing short of miraculous. Inspirational at its core. Max Hirshfeld Blind Magazine