Auschwitz – Ultima Ratio of the Modern Age / 2017

Auschwitz - fall of the modern age, published 2019 by Mitteldeutscher Verlag, Halle, Germany
According to a duo of photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher, the form of the industrial construction is determined only by its function. The designing logic of the architecture in the concentration camp Auschwitz was, that the forms of the buildings were absolutely subordinated to their function as instruments of the industrial genocide. So, this architecture is a pure realization of Louis Sullivans principle of the modern: „form follows function“. In this context Zygmunt Bauman also pointed out that „the modern civilization [...] certainly was not the only one, but was probably a necessary precondition for the Holocaust“ (Zygmunt Bauman, Modernity and The Holocaust).

The typological examination of the buildings and the objects in this photographic cycle should enable the spectator to compare rationalization methods in an architecture designed for efficient mass killing. To avoid the narrative character and to show the „things as they are” (Susan Sonntag), the images have been made within similar and constant lighting conditions. All photographs were taken on the 4x5 inch b&w negativs.

Exhibition content: 18 or 27 or in full 70 baryt prints in format of 35x44cm./br>

Publisher: Mitteldeutscher Verlag / Halle (Saale), Germany
Photographs and Edition: Tomasz Lewandowski
Funding by: Kunststiftung Sachsen-Anhalt

Texts:
Auschwitz – fall of the modern age by Tomasz Lewandowski
‘Reconnection to the Future’: on the modern origins of national socialism by Riccardo Bavaj
Auschwitz – architecture and design of instrumental reason by Matthias Noell

Concept and design: Tomasz Lewandowski
Language: English / German
Dimensions: 21x26,5cm in hardcover
Number of copies: 800
Pages: 112, pictures: 68
ISBN: 978-3-96311-131-0

Preis: 30,00 EUR + shipping costs
If you would like to buy a copy of the book, please visit the webpage of Mitteldeutscher Verlag. If you would like to buy a copy with my signature please send an email to thomaslewandovski@gmail.com. I will provide you the transaktion details.
Typological analysis of one-storey buildings / KZ Auschwitz and Birkenau
Hot air desinfection chamber for the prisoners uniforms in the so-called Sauna Building / KZ Birkenau
Destroyed building of crematorium III and gas chambers / KZ Birkenau
Water reservoir build at the request of Allianz, the insurance company of the camp, which was also used as a swimming pool / KZ Auschwitz
Water tank for the camp kitchen / KZ Birkenau
Water treatment / KZ Birkenau
Freight and cattle truck / KZ Birkenau
The so-called Path of Death, which led directly from the ramp to the gas chambers / KZ Birkenau