In the Camps: Photographs by Erich Hartmann

December 15, 2012 - April 14, 2013

Born in Munich, Germany, Erich Hartmann was sixteen when he came with his family to the United States as refugees from Nazi persecution. After the war he worked in New York City as assistant to a portrait photographer, and later as a free-lance photographer.  In l952 he was invited to join Magnum Photos, an international photographers’ cooperative founded two years after the end of WWII.

Hartmann first became known to a wider public in the l950’s through a series of photo essays for Fortune magazine, beginning with The Deep North (1956). Throughout his career, he traveled widely on assignments for major magazines published in the U.S., Europe and Japan. His principal interest in photography, as in life, was the way in which people relate both to their natural surroundings and to the environments they create.

In his late years, Hartmann undertook a winter journey to photograph the mute and horrifying remains of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, resulting in the book and exhibition In the Camps, published in l995 in four languages and exhibited in more than twenty venues in the US and Europe in the years since. The Asheville Art Museum is honored to host this important and evocative exhibition.

This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum with special thanks to Magnum Photography and Ruth Hartmann. This exhibition was sponsored in part by an anonymous donor and by Joe & Jill Lawrence.

An Opening Reception celebrating this exhibition will take place on Saturday, January 12 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. (free with Membership or Museum Admission).

View selected works in the exhibition »