THE Lake District Holocaust Project (LDHP) is presenting the hauntingly moving work of award winning London based photographer Richard Kolker.

Richard Kolker has exhibited across the world including in the National Portrait Gallery, London, and in New York, Venice, Lausanne and Arles.

The photos are large scale evocative colour prints of Auschwitz Birkenau in the modern day and include poignant images of the site being reclaimed by natural forces. This includes railway lines, barrack blocks, gates and ruins, without anyone present in them.

Trevor Avery, Director of LDHP, said: "Emotions are pushed to the limit from all sides and words become almost meaningless.

"Richard’s work has a quality that has always spoken to me in some acute way."

This exhibition that shows the ruins of Auschwitz comes at a timely moment as it follows immediately on the heels of a recently, highly acclaimed, archaeology survey and dig in the Lake District by forensic archaeologist Professor Caroline Sturdy Colls.

The dig initiative was led by Trevor Avery and LDHP, and looked to explore hostels near Windermere that housed 300 Jewish child Holocaust Survivors in 1945. Many of the children who came to the Lakes had passed through Auschwitz and survived.

"I have lived in London, Scotland and Cumbria and the events of the Holocaust have been ever present in my life in different ways," continued Mr Avery.

"I not only worked in the arts but also with homeless people and refugees, many of them escaping Genocide. Those experiences help to make you who you are and many incidents live with me, even now."

This work is an important contribution to the “Above and Below the Holocaust Landscape” programme covering 2019 and 2020, which includes exceptional artists from throughout Europe and is supported by Arts Council England.

The exhibition will be on display at the LDHP, which is situated on the first floor of Windermere Library, from August 9 until November 30.