Vivien Green Fryd, professor of history of art, will present a paper next month at the Critical Topography Symposium, Trent University, Peterborough, and Ryerson University, Toronto. Fryd, niece of the New York Times photographer Henry Ries (1917-2004) will address the topic Henry Ries’ Photographs of the Brandenburg Gate, 1937-1981: Collective Trauma, Struggle, and Identity.
Ries, a Berlin-born Jew who fled Hitler with his sister (Fryd’s mother) in 1938, returned to Germany after the war and often used images of mundane life to contrast the darkness of war’s aftermath. Among his most evocative pictures of postwar Germany are his images of the Berlin airlift in 1948 and 1949.
*Henry Ries, Brandenburg Gate, gelatin silver print, ca. 1937