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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Trivia About The Commissar Van A painting from showing Stalin, Dzerzhinsky and Sverdlov being much closer to Lenin and much more important than they actually were, is revised under pressure from Khrushchev to remove Stalin and his associates.
It even became a crime to own photographs of these un-persons, so one sees examples of faces scratched out or blotted with ink. It was a crime to possess a picture of a person that had fallen out of favor, you were required to destroy the offensive work bookremove the page s or ink blot out the person, including their name.
The Commissar Vanishes – Philosophy of Shaving
Want to Read saving…. I’m grateful to him for his wherewithal and determination. The death of millions is a statistic. Some alterations are crude, a simple ink blot over a person, others you have to hand it commkssar the artist hired to airbrush and alter history, the photos showed little signs of being doctored.
Censorship of images in the Soviet Union
Censorship of images was widespread in the Soviet Union. On the surface it seems quite mild – a pictorial essay about changing photographs. As a Table of Contents for anyone interested in the book, I’m including a general list of titles and dates of original photos or artwork from the entries in the book many of the photos are shown in multiple versions as they are edited and cropped and retouched and airbrushed and used as models for paintings and sculptures as the years go by: It was very informative and I enjoyed it.
I did find myself wishing for more context at times, but this is mainly due to my own ignorance about much of the history of the Soviet Union.
This coincided with the hypertrophied state control that was imposed during the massive industrialisation and collectivisation schemes of the First Five Year Plan.
Although all governments lie about their activities and try to suppress unpleasant facts, and although much history is written to serve the paymasters, and even in the most open parliamentary democracies much is withheld from the probing historian, let alone the general public, official falsification under Stalinism was peculiarly intense and far-reaching.
That is the purpose of this book. There were points banishes I just had to go with the flow a little bit as there are a lot of names that are all thrown at you with relatively little detail given to distinguish one from another. Particularly when it explains how this censorship was carried out not just by party officials, but even by individual citizens who rushed to comprehensively obliterate cherished close family members from privately held photo albums and publications, as soon as those xommissar members fell out of commisssar with the leadership of the state.
My only complaint is that there is no Table of Contents. Lists with This Book. As King explains in the Introduction, he was looking through publicly available photos in the photographic archives in Moscow when he realized there was no entry or information or photographs of any type for Leon Trotsky, who had been a very important part of the revolution. Jan 17, C rated it it was amazing. To ask other readers questions about The Commissar Vanishesplease sign up. I have owned this book for a while, but just began reading it due to a paper I am writing for a final in my photo archives class.
In one famous image, several Par 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 to erase memories off his victims. The book is just under a square foot in size and is organized clearly.
There are multiple group photos where King quietly notes in the side text how many people in those photos died violent deaths at the hands of people who were supposedly their fellow revolutionaries and countrymen. Particularly when it explains how this censorship was carried out not just by party officials, but even by individual citizens who rushed to comprehensively obliterate cherished close family members from privately held photo albums and publications, as soon as those family members fell out of favour with the leadership o This book is worth it alone for the many painstakingly sourced before and after shots of each censored picture.
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Apr 13, Michelle rated it really vanisyes it. Stalin and Lenin were masters of creating their own brand and writing their own story, and they were do I know I’m not the only one reading this book who is old enough to remember a time when the photos we saw in publication were not Photoshopped, when conventional wisdom was that people lied, but photos did not.
Feb 25, Kirsten rated it really liked it Shelves: The author’s effort took years and years. Along with his books, Ordinary Citizens a book of photographs of innocent people about to be killed during Stalin’s purge David King who died last week was a relentless documentarian of the Stalin School of Historical Falsification. Fascinating and chilling book detailing the manipulation of photographs during Stalin’s rule in the U.
Oppositionists from the s disappeared from photographs, airbrushed out or cropped. The Commissae 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. This book was filled with images, some just showing the defacing that happened during Stalin’s reign to blot out individual that now had become enemies of the people.