Jason Francisco’s photography spans a variety of subjects and themes, but some of his ongoing projects take on the complexities of memory and loss in Eastern Europe, particularly memory and loss related to the Holocaust. Francisco recently sat down for an interview with Matthew H. Brittingham, an Emory PhD candidate and associate editor at Sacred Matters. The two discussed Francisco’s photographs on a former Nazi-controlled WWII camp in Krakow, Poland, known as Płaszów. This is part three of a three part interview with Professor Francisco. See: Part one and part two.
Professor Francisco’s photography and writing can be seen at his website. For the purposes of this interview and its themes, some of Professor Francisco’s most notable work can be observed at several key locations on his site, such as here and here. Professor Francisco also made some new photographs available specifically for this interview.
Matthew H. Brittingham is an Associate Editor at Sacred Matters and a PhD student in Religion (Jewish Religious Cultures) at Emory University. He studies popular culture in American Jewish history, with an emphasis on popular books and newspapers.Tags: eastern Europe, Holocaust, Jewish history, Jews, Judaism, photography, photos, religion, sacred, sacred spaces, Shoah, visual culture