Schenectady, N.Y. (March 30, 1998) Photographer Judith Ellis Glickman, whose photographs comprise the Holocaust remembrance exhibit Of Light Amidst the Darkness The Danish Rescue at Union College, will give a gallery talk and slide presentation on her work on Tuesday, April 14, at 8 p.m. in Union's Nott Memorial.
Her talk — part of Lessons for Humanity, a series of Holocaust remembrance events at Union College — is free and open to the public.
Glickman, the daughter of California pictorialist photographer Irving Bennett Ellis, studied at UCLA, the Maine Photographic Workshop, and the Maine College of Art. Her interest in Holocaust-related images began in the early 1980s, when she volunteered at the Martyrs Memorial Museum of the Holocaust in Los Angeles. She took portraits of survivors, including Elie Wiesel, and photographed the museum's artifacts.
In 1988, she photographed sites where millions of Jews were exterminated. In 1992, the Thanks to Scandinavia Foundation commissioned Glickman to photograph Danish resistance leaders, rescuers, survivors, and sites relating to the Danish resistance (the subject of the show on display through April 23 in the Nott Memorial).
Her awards include Fellowship Distinction, the highest honor awarded by the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. She is affiliated with Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York. Glickman's work is represented in over 200 private collections as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Jewish Museum, New York; and the Denver Art Museum. Glickman's images have been published in over 100 periodicals and books, including The Royal Photographic Society Journal, The New York Times, Art News, and Art Pictorialist Photographer.
“Although I was familiar with this tragic period and had photographed Holocaust-related subject matter for over 10 years, it wasn't until I had stood inside Auschwitz for that first time that this work become personal, real, and immediate,” Glickman said.
Lessons for Humanity is presented by Union College and the Holocaust Survivors and Friends Education Center. Major support is provided by an anonymous donor from the Union College family.