The Commissar Vanishes by David King
The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia

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The Commissar Vanishes offers a unique and chilling look at how one man--Joseph Stalin--manipulated the science of photography to advance his own political career and erase the memory of his victims. Over the past 30 years. author and photohistorian David King has assembled the world's largest archive of doctored photos from the Soviet era, the best of which are featured here.

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Senior Lecturer, University of Stirling.
Published January 1, 1997 by Canongate. 192 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction

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The doctoring of photographs didn't 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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