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Title Grief : the biography of a Holocaust photograph / David Shneer.
Author Shneer, David, 1972- author.
Publication New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
Description pages cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Introducing Grief -- The making of a war photographer and the German occupation of Kerch -- Witnessing Grief -- The aftermath of Grief -- Producing and displaying Grief -- Valuing Grief -- How Grief became a commodity? -- Seeing the Holocaust in Grief.
Summary "In January 1942, Soviet photographers came upon a scene like none they had ever documented. That day, they took pictures of the first liberation of a German mass atrocity site, where an estimated 7,000 Jews and others were executed at a trench near Kerchon the Crimean peninsula. Dmitri Baltermants, a photojournalist working for the Soviet newspaper Izvestiia, took pictures that day that would have a long life in shaping the image of Nazi genocide in and against the Soviet Union. Presenting never beforeseen photographs, Grief: The Biography of a Holocaust Photograph shows how Baltermants used the image of a grieving woman to render this gruesome mass atrocity into a transcendentally human tragedy. David Shneer tells the story of how one photograph fromthe trench became much more widely known than the others, eventually being titled "Grief." Baltermants turned this shocking atrocity photograph into a Cold War era artistic meditation on the profundity and horror of war that today can be found in Holocaust archives as well as art museums and at art auctions. Although the journalist documented murdered Jews in other pictures he took at Kerch, in "Grief" there are likely no Jews among the dead or the living, save for the possible NKVD officer securing the site. Nonetheless, Shneer shows that this photograph must be seen as an iconic Holocaust photograph. Unlike emaciated camp survivors or barbed wire fences, Shneer argues, the Holocaust by bullets in the Soviet Union make "Grief" a quintessential Soviet image of Nazi genocide"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Balaʹtermant̐Μưs, D. (Dmitri♯Ư). Goraʹe.
War photographers -- Soviet Union -- Biography.
War photographers -- Soviet Union -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Photography.
War photography -- Ukraine -- Kerch.
Documentary photography -- Soviet Union -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Atrocities -- Ukraine -- Kerch.
Massacres -- Ukraine -- Kerch.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- In mass media.
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Shneer, David, 1972- Grief New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020] 9780190923822 (DLC) 2019039333
ISBN 9780190923815

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