Warszawa: Fot. J. Mizerski

by Derrick Bostrom


At first glance, I thought these postcards might be German in origin, proud souvenirs sent home by an occupying army. But the scenes are too stark, too bleak. There are no triumphant soldiers posing among the ruins or harassing the remaining population. Besides, they're not in German. A search for "Fot. J. Mizerski," however, revealed that these cards are from just after the end of hostilities, before the rebuilding; before any commemorative anti-war monuments could be erected. Similar examples of Mizerski's work pop up in collectors catalogs, but I was unable to find out much about him. (Perhaps a better informed visitor can help fill in the gaps.) But just because extensive research is out of scope for this post doesn't mean we can't appreciate these images for what they are: beautiful work that any photographer would be rightly proud of. I'm afraid we can't say the same for his subject.

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We razed a city to ruins. I’m sorry. Would you like more tea?

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