In chapter one, “Witnessing from a Distance, Remembering from Afar,” Guerin describes how she defines an Amateur photographer. Guerin shares, “They were soldier, officers, civilians, or elite Nazis who pursued an interest in the still an/or moving image…” (pg. 20). She then goes on the explain, although their images are well taken and properly exposed, she defines them as amateurs because none of the images were produced for commercial or official use. Another way she defines an amateur photograph is by the absence of the photographer or author. After giving her definitions of an amateur, Guerin then states the significance of the amateur artists during this time. She states the amateurs photographers fill in historical gaps and she...
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...n, Guerin transitions to women during the time of Nazism and what they believed. Braun along with most women during this time strongly believed in their role of watching and raising children to carry on the future success of the race and assure the immortality of the nation (pg. 260).
The images addressed today in, Through Amateur Eyes, are images that help shape the past and ideas of life during World War II in Nazi Germany. The photography and film taken by the amateurs during this time reveal ways of culture and life for the Nazis. Guerin does an excellent job of backing up her ideas and theories with examples of photography and film throughout the book. Through Amateur Eyes, opens up new ways of viewing and analyzing the Nazi culture and offers a new way of processing these images of war and trauma.
Through Amateur Eyes - Fracnes Guerin
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