OF THE HOLOCAUST
by Karl Koenig
Essay by Kathleen V. Jameson
Foreword by Ruth Franklin
Koenig has been photographing Holocaust concentration
camps for more than ten years. These photographs of the
architecture and landscape of suffering, he believes,
“may have some impact on people who are on the path
to indifference.” Throughout the series, Koenig
explores narrative and visual dissonances in order to
highlight the inexplicability of the Holocaust
itself. Inventor of the polychromatic gumoil process,
a labor-intensive and highly manipulated method, Koenig
creates monotypes, each existing as an unique object.
Karl Koenig, PhD in psychology, retired from his teaching
career as a full professor in psychology and psychiatry
from the University of New Mexico in the early 1990s.
He has two books by Focal Press on gumoil photography.
His work is in the permanent collections of six museums
and has been shown in seventy juried exhibitions in Europe,
Mexico, and the United States.
Kathleen V. Jameson , PhD, president and CEO of The Mint
Museum in Charlotte, NC, has organized numerous exhibitions
and published many scholarly articles and books, including
most recently American Art and Philanthropy (2010).
Franklin is a senior editor at the New Republic and a
literary critic. Her book, A Thousand Darknesses: Lies
and Truths in Holocaust Fiction, was published last year
by Oxford University Press.