The commissar vanishes the falsification of photographs and art in stalins russia new edition david king on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers king looks at how stalin manipulated the science of photography to further his own political career and to erase the memory of his victims in each case. The commissar vanishes the falsification of photographs and art in stalins russia is a 1997 book by david king about the censoring of photographs and fraudulent creation of photographs in joseph stalins soviet union through silent alteration via airbrushing and other techniques. The commissar vanishes by david king is a remarkable and remarkably chilling look at life in russia during the years right after the revolution of 1917 and up through the 1950s and even some aspects that lingered into the 1980s. The commissar vanishes is another anthology of images from the david king collection in which he displays original artwork and photographs from the early period following the russian revolution against later images where people were edited out and removed in the campaign of political genocide initiated by stalin. The doctoring of photographs didnt begin with the advent of computers in magazine production departments so much falsification took place during the stalin years that it is possible to tell the story of the soviet era through retouched photographs writes king
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