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Patrick Jacquet is a very talented professional photographer from ‘Pays de Gex’ French area, on the Swiss border close to Geneva. He is also the president of the French photographic association ‘Mise Au Point’, which covers local events and provides photo coaching. Patrick is specialized in panoramic views combining both photo stitching and HDR (High Dynamic Range) techniques. In his stunning portfolio, one can find beautiful and excellent captures with high resolution and quality that allow very large prints.
Today, I’m happy to present his important story behind his stunning work “Path of No Return“. Hard times were and hard times may be, despite our hopes; and, photography has this mission among the others; to become the evidence and the messenger; to explore places and stories through images, memories, symbols and emotions. This is a difficult task, but essential; a big effort not to walk again on paths of no return like these. And, thank you so much Patrick for making and sharing this great work.
“Visiting a concentration camp is something I wanted to do for a long time,” Patrick tell us as he is talking about his work. “Firstly, because we all have a duty of Memory. Secondly, it’s more personal; something in my head saying : “You need to go there, you have something to do there”. Now I think I have the answer. Photography is about capturing a moment, revealing an atmosphere, magnifying a landscape. It is also about telling a story.
Natzweiler-Struthof was a German concentration camp located in the Vosges Mountains close to the Alsatian village of Natzwiller (German Natzweiler) in France, and the town of Schirmeck, about 50 km south west from the city of Strasbourg. It was the only concentration camp established by the Nazis on present-day French territory, though there were French-run temporary camps such as the one at Drancy. At the time, the Alsace-Lorraine area in which it was established was administered by Germany as an integral part of the German Reich.
This picture by itself speaks about 52000 prisoners over three years (1941-1944), prisoners called Nacht und Nebel (Night and Fog). The camp held a crematorium and a gerry-rigged gas chamber outside the main camp. Even if it was not used for mass extermination, 22000 people died due to strenuous work, medical experiments, poor nutrition and mistreatment by the SS guards”.
You can find additional pictures related to this story on his site, but also to this facebook photo album called “Duty of memory“.
… just pictures speaking by themselves.
Thank you so much Patrick for this excellent and thought-provoking work and story. You can find and follow Patrick Jacquet and his important work in his sites and facebook page:
Firstly published and blogged by jwp