View a few images from Artist/Photographer Eric Gottesman‘s project The Preservation Of Terror. Gottesman studied history, literature, and political science at Duke University. After graduating from Duke, he studied law and politics and worked for a time in the office of the Chief Justice of the United States of America. Eric later completed his MA degree in fine art at Bard College. Gottesman has been awarded several grants and his work has been exhibited throughout the US and Internationally. His forthcoming monograph is titled Sudden Flowers: May the Finest in the World Always Accompany You! (Umbrage Books)
Many of these photographs depict people lost during the Red Terror or in its wake. Some are made more recently with this photographic history in mind. I have visited friends and neighbors in Ethiopia, and in the United States, and have asked to see the images they preserved in their homes, in photo albums, in forgotten boxes, on cluttered desks. I asked people to allow me to re-photograph these images and the marks left on them over the turbulent intervening years.