July 01, 2016

In My Grandfather's Footsteps

Three years ago, Polish photographer Michal Iwanowski decided to retrace on foot a journey across western Russia that his grandfather made 70 years ago.

Through landscape, as if through a porthole, we are constantly attempting to connect to a time or people long gone. I found myself doing just that when I set off on a journey through Russia, Belarus, Lithuania, and Poland, retracing a journey my grandfather made in 1945.

We crossed the same land nearly 70 years apart, but for utterly different reasons. Just how different were our experiences of that landscape?

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