Vivien Green Fryd, professor of history of art, presented a paper on October 29 at the Fifth International Conference on the Image at the Freie Universität, Berlin. Fryd, niece of the New York Times photographer Henry Ries (1917-2004), addressed the topic Henry Ries’ Iconic Photograph of the Berlin Blockade: The Transformation of Germans from the Enemy to a Friend in the session entitled “Visualizing the Nation 1.”
Fryd examined his photograph of 1948, which celebrates the Berlin blockade when the United States becomes the friend and ally of his native Germany.
Ries, a Berlin-born Jew who fled Hitler with his sister (Fryd’s mother) in 1938, returned to Germany after the war and often used images of mundane life to contrast the darkness of war’s aftermath. Among his most evocative pictures of postwar Germany are his images of the Berlin airlift in 1948 and 1949.