Photomontage as a Weapon of World War II and the Cold War
Yale University Press
As one might have noticed, I am an aficionado of German artist John Heartfield’s photomontages and the impact it has had on popular and underground cultures, e.g. Sakevi from G.I.S.M.
Aleksandr Zhitomirsky is the soviet equivalent to John Heartfield, whose propaganda and photomontages tackled German troops during World War II.
After World War II and confined behind the iron curtain, Zhitomirsky enjoyed a career as a writer for Pravda and other publications, which he used as a vantage point to not only criticize and vilify mainly the politics and politicians from the new world, from Truman through to Ronald Reagan in the 1980s but also educate his audiences about what was out of reach for them to experience first-hand.
This tome is an encompassing, abundantly opulently illustrated account of political artist Zhitomirsky’s thought-provoking and at times hilarious emissions, which were inspired by his friend John Heartfield, and whose epinomous and classic work of image manipulation has to this date largely remained in the shadows as it was even sidelined in the USSR.
Apart from the focus on Zhitomirsky, Photomontage as a Weapon of World War II and the Cold War is an homage to the power of visual propaganda combined with political messaging and an essential source for those interested in investigating the circumstances and limitations in which he had to operate.
Thus Let Us Drink Mead - Stone Dog Meadery Mead has quite an interesting history, harking back much further than what has manifested in Norse mythology to many thousand years ... read more
Pieter Bruegel: Drawing the World Heralded as the Netherland’s draughtsman of the early seventeenth century, Pieter Bruegel’s flag is firmly planted in the pantheon of greats alongside Hieronymus Bosch and ... read more
Water of Life – Bruichladdich Port Charlotte 10-year-old Bruichladdich at large and specifically its Octomore emissions enjoy a near cult-like following, which I do not find further wondrous. I have ... read more
Why Would One Want To Wear a Hat? As Philip Treacy put it, how a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about. Now, I am sure ... read more
Yungblud Factory Theatre Sydney, Australia February 14, 2019 Prior to tonight’s performance I had not been familiar with Yungblud and his oeuvre. Anticipating an “urbanite” artist from the name alone, ... read more
Looking for the SPB logo? You can download it in a range of styles and colours here:
Click anywhere outside this dialog to close it, or press escape.