Ziyah Gafic: A Forensic Documentary of Genocide

October 24, 2011

By David Walker

© Ziyah Gafic

Gafic has been photographing "in a clinical detached way" the hundreds of objects that genocide victims carried to the grave.

Over the past several years, photographer Ziyah Gafic [www.ziyahgafic.ba] has worked with the International Commission of Missing Persons to catalogue personal effects –eyeglasses, snapshots, combs, wallets, and other objects–unearthed from the mass graves of the Bosnian war. Individually, the images have a dry, bureaucratic esthetic. But collectively the photographs tell a heartbreaking story of Europe’s worst genocide since World War...

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