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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Memory and the impact of political transformation in public space Radical perspectives when ed. Our tastes in art do not align too much, but this was not too unwelcome. Retrieved December 22, He occasionally makes rather snarky asides about some of the art work, which I cokmissar a bit odd. Jun 24, Harvey rated it really liked it.

A haunting collection of photographs and paintings, most from betweenthat detail the literal obliteration of Stalin’s political opponents and perceived enemies of the Communist Party. Antill, Peter; Dennis, Peter. The Soviet Union and the Space Race, I got to see monuments to communism in freshly liberated Europe in the early s. 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.


Spanning the three defining chapters of his ruthless leadership of Russia to I would have appreciated more World War II propaganda but that in itself might deserve its own volume. When the time is right, I hope he bequeaths his entire collection to a museum or library I can get to someday.

This site uses cookies: 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 commissaar s. He became an enemy of the State and was erased from Soviet history after commizsar the failed struggle of the Left Opposition against the policies and rise of Joseph Stalin in the s and the increasing bureaucratization of the Soviet Union.

All these things Stalin is doing. You wanna read a scary book?

It really is a pity I. Dec 07, Manatee rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: It would later split into Bolshevik and Menshevik factions, with the Bolsheviks eventually becoming the Vaanishes Party of the Soviet Union.

Commissar Vanishes

Unfortunately, they weren’t just retouching photos to remove a few wrinkles, smallpox scars, or extra pounds – they were using it to wipe people who fell out of favor out of history. Apr 22, Kokeshi rated it it was amazing. The father was later brushed out of the picture because he was shot, and the remaining image was a sign of Stalin’s fatherly characteristics.


The Commissar Vanishes is nothing less than the history of the Soviet Union, as retold through falsified images, many of them published here for the first time outside Russia. Perhaps the scariest moment is when you realize that Khrushchev continued on with the habit.

Trotsky is evident in many of photos, Stalin is in none. The background of the original image includes a store that says in Russian, “Watches, gold and silver”.

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Censorship of images in the Soviet Union – Wikipedia

Dec 06, Alyssa rated it it was vanishez. This page was last edited on 7 Decemberat In one example here, Mr and Mrs Trotsky vanish behind two nonentities who have been crudely pasted over them.

Soviet law prohibited the creation and distribution of pornography under Article of the criminal code of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic and analogous legislation adopted by other republics of the Soviet Union. Oppositionists from the s disappeared from photographs, airbrushed out or cropped.

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