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The Commissar Vanishes

The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia New Edition

David King



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Tate Publishing
03 July 2014
Photographic reportage; History; European history; 20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000; Political leaders & leadership; Propaganda
The Commissar Vanishes offers a chilling look at how Joseph Stalin manipulated the science of photography to advance his own political career and to erase the memory of his victims. On Stalin's orders, purged rivals were airbrushed from group portraits, and crowd scenes were altered to depict even greater legions of the faithful. For example, a 1919 photograph showing a large crowd of Bolsheviks clustered around Lenin, became, with the aid of the retoucher, an intimate portrait of Lenin and Stalin sitting alone, and then, in a later version, of Stalin by himself. In each case, the juxtaposition of the original and the doctored images yields a fascinating - and often terrifying and tragic - insight into one of the darkest chapters of modern history.
By:   David King
Imprint:   Tate Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 288mm,  Width: 247mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   1.252kg
ISBN:   9781849762519
ISBN 10:   1849762511
Pages:   192
Publication Date:   03 July 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia New Edition

'David King has done a remarkable, meticulous job - An incomparable volume - This extraordinary combination of tragedy and farce, which evokes strong mixed emotions, makes King's album a work of art' - New York Review of Books 'Vivid, tragic and at times comic' - Wall Street Journal 'This lush volume is a fascinating and sobering study of the rewriting of history' - New York Times

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