It was a touching occasion, not only for the veteran, but also for Jocelyn Auger, who, together with a Canadian delegation, had come to Europe to take part in memorial events over a number of days. “I play saxophone in a military band and use my Leica to capture special moments. The band had just musically underscored the closing of a moving ceremony in the former transit camp at Westerbork. I knew that I wanted to take a long-time exposure in the Netherlands whilst I was there. That day I had my filters and tripod with me, because I felt like there was something special in the air. When the ceremony was over, I hurried as quickly as I could to the bus, exchanging my saxophone for my camera and tripod, so I would be able to get the picture. I only had five minutes and I used the last two for this long-time exposure. The first attempt didn’t work, because I had chosen too short an exposure; but then I got the right moment.”
In one picture, Auger’s Last Man Standing captures 70 years of memories of a dark period that still impacts all those who lived through it and are still alive today. The photo is a touching contemporary document, that provokes memories in the mind of the viewer, creating a thoughtful mood and reflecting gratitude for the end of the war.