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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Yezhov airbrushed out of a picture with Stalin”.

The saddest instance is a propaganda shot of Stalin with an adorable little girl, with her joyous father in the background. 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.

The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin’s Russia is a book by David King about the censoring of photographs and fraudulent creation of “photographs” in Joseph Stalin ‘s Soviet Union through silent alteration via airbrushing and other techniques. Stalin is promoted to General Secretary. It has an introduction by Stephen F. Fascinating and chilling book detailing the manipulation of photographs during Stalin’s rule in the U.

Paul Flewers: Review – The Commissar Vanishes

One by one, the commissars They were tried in January and were forced to admit “moral complicity” in Kirov’s vamishes. Subdivisions Republics autonomous Oblasts autonomous Autonomous okrugs Closed cities list. This proved an impossible task, and rule of the omniscient and infallible centre was necessarily convulsive and subject to sudden and dramatic shifts.


On Stalin’s orders, purged rivals were airbrushed from group portraits, and crowd scenes were altered to depict even greater legions of the faithful.

Chillingly, as time progresses, these photos become less populated — as though the subjects never existed. The artifice, fear, lies and pomposity required to keep themselves in power was just too much. Religion Suppressed research Censorship Censorship of images.

The Commissar Vanishes

Jan 12, Louann Miller rated it really liked it. All these canishes Stalin is doing. Trotsky is evident in many of photos, Stalin is in none. There were points when I just had to vanushes 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 distingui This book examines a very specific piece of the Stalinist Soviet Union. He became an enemy of the State and was erased from Soviet history after leading 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.

You see ghostly outlines of where they once where. Tissier, Cmmissar Le 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.

May 30, Alex rated it really liked it. Some alterations are crude, a simple ink blot over a person, others you have to hand it to the artist hired to airbrush and alter history, the photos showed little signs of being doctored. Stalin’s political opponents were obliterated from all forms of political existence as photographs were “retouched and restructured with airbrush and scalpel to make famous personalities vanish. I got to see monuments to communism in freshly liberated Europe in the early s.


After his arrest he spent some time in exile before returning in and abandoning the revolution.

The fact that this book is a work of Non-fiction will scare the life out of you once you’ve read it. Yezhov is clearly visible to Stalin’s left. Visual censorship was exploited in a political context, particularly during the political purges of Joseph Stalinwhere the Soviet government attempted to erase some purged figures from Soviet history, and took measures which included altering images and destroying film.

Mar 01, Anne rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 04, Mary rated it it was amazing Shelves: This work details how Stalin’s enemies were literally “air-brushed” from history as they were either exiled to Siberia or executed. That is the purpose of this book. Encyclopedia of Trotskyism On-Line: The only thing certain about the upcoming Congolese election is uncertainty – 20 December Wendy Funes: Retrieved from ” fanishes