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The Commissar Vanishes offers a chilling look at how one man – Joseph Stalin – manipulated the science of photography to advance his own political career and . Robert talks with author David King, an expert on Soviet photography who has just written a book called “The Commissar Vanishes. Courtesy of our good chum Randy comes this absolutely chilling photo gallery of manipulated images from Soviet Russia. The images above.

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Jul 04, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: When people are airbrushed out of a photo, it means they have also been “airbrushed” out of existence into a gulag, or simply shot. Feb commissae, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: There quite simply is no other book like this. So once Stalin did get to the position of General Secretary of the party inhe very aggressively eliminated any known enemies or opponents, and any possible enemies or opponents, and anyone who spent much time with any known or possible enemies or opponents.

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The Commissar Vanishes

The Soviet Union and the Space Race, The book is just under a square foot in size and is organized clearly. The artwork is also fascinating, as King calls a lot of attention to the propagandizing commiasar the use of art to insert figures like Stalin into historical events that they were not actually present for.

Really fascinating photos taken during Stalin’s reign. Dec 07, Manatee rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Collected Works, Volume XX ed. Perhaps because I’m not a graphic designer, I’m astounded that such camera tricks were possible in the days before digital manipulation.

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The Commissar Vanishes: The falsification of images Stalin’s Russia Index on Censorship

Yezhov is clearly visible to Stalin’s left. This image taken by the Moscow Canal was taken when Nikolai Yezhov was water commissar. I have a fascination with some of the prints and the socialist realism style in general, such as Revolution on Paper: Another thing about human nature to be learned from this book is how vicious people can be when they feel their position is not secure.

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How did the Soviet regime get into this appalling position? Perhaps most spooky are the pictures from books and photo albums that belonged to individuals, where people’s faces are crudely blacked or cut out; often, to even own an undefaced photograph of an “enemy of the state” was enough to be considered an enemy as well. The photo represented a historic moment, the defeat of Germany in a war that cost the Soviet Union tens of millions of lives. Contemporary classicalminimalism. Spanning the three defining chapters of his ruthless leadership of Russia to Crime Demographics Soviet people working class census Languages Linguistics.

He moved to Moscow, where he worked as a senior engineer in various state departments before in being arrested, wrongfully accused of being a ” wrecker ” and executed on November 18, Oxford University Press US. I believe this book came to my attention after reading The Tsar of Love and Techno which starts with a beautiful story, “The Leopard,” about an artist who erases people out of history. Fascinating and chilling book detailing the manipulation of photographs during Stalin’s rule in the U.

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What’ll they think of next? But the results do not and will not justify his expectations.

A pictorial chronology of the Soviet Union focusing on the alteration of photographs and artwork. During the Commsisar a number of pictures were taken of successful fighters celebrating their victories. Yezhov airbrushed out of a picture with Stalin”. In he wrote a paper in which he argued that political opposition must eventually lead to violence and terrorism; this became in part the ideological basis of the Purges.

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The Commissar Vanishesby David King, is a remarkable and remarkably chilling look at life in Russia during the years right after the revolution of and up through the s and even some aspects that lingered into the s. Articles containing Russian-language text Commons category link is locally defined Interlanguage link template link number. Oct 22, Daley Porter rated it it was amazing. Faced with the rewriting of history, Trotsky told the Stalinist regime: Nov 24, Bobby rated it commisear was amazing.