Wednesday 26 February
In this Lunchtime Lecture, Richard Wiesel, locally and internationally acclaimed photographer will discuss his body of work ‘Objects From the Concentration Camps’, of which the Museum is privileged to exhibit a selection.
A relative of Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Richard was granted privileged and exclusive access to the closed archives of the memorials Sachsenhausen and Ravensbruck to photograph artifacts that have never been seen, which he was able trace back to their original owner and consequently learn of their fate.
A deeply emotional guided tour of the Holocaust memorials in Berlin in 2018 moved and inspired Richard to capture images of personal items that once belonged to inmates. Working with world renowned German Historian Dr Robert Sommer, they were granted access to the archives that included artifacts found at the camps after liberation, or were donated by the survivor or their families.
Richard has 26 years’ experience in the film and television industry as Marketing Director at Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures home entertainment. From late 1996 he lead an Australian marketing team to establish the premium movie channels on FOXTEL.
Somewhere along the way he found some time to import Voss artesian bottled water to Australia and launch Australia’s and Singapore’s first entertainment product placement agency. Richard has forever been telling stories in one way or another, and now finds the medium of photography his vehicle to continue to do so.