Photographers in the Third Reich and the Second World War.
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Through Soviet Jewish Eyes: Stories and photos of two dozen Soviet-Jewish photographers
In "Through Soviet Jewish Eyes," author David Shneer focuses on an elite group of two dozen Soviet-Jewish photographers, including Arkady Shaykhet, Alexander Grinberg, Mark Markov-Grinberg, Evgenii Khaldei, Dmitrii Baltermants, and Max Alpert. The book tells their stories and showcases their work through their very own photographs, some of which have not been published before.
Two WWII veterans recall when shooting included a camera (good article which includes multimedia)
WWII veterans came home with memories, scars and whatever souvenirs they could stuff in a duffel bag. Some, like Cliff Brooks and Harvey Day, brought back photographs - and interesting stories which differ from the usual wartime stories.
During the invasion of Okinawa in 1945, Brooks found a box containing a camera and photo-processing gear. His wartime snapshots - "Somebody would get a Japanese machine gun and everybody had to have a picture of themselves with that machine gun" - launched a future career in photography.
Day however, brought along his $10 Kodak camera when he was sent to Europe as an Army military policeman. He explains that shooting photos helped ease the strain of the nerve-wracking parts of his work which could include stopping drunken bar fights, dodging sniper fire, guarding POWs, and once, even capturing Nazi spies.
That historic capture came when he was posted on a bridge during the Battle of the Bulge, with orders to check every vehicle. Day soon stopped 4 soldiers in an American Jeep that looked odd: it was too clean. In addition, the GIs' uniforms, IDs and money seemed brand new. He forced the soldiers from the Jeep at gunpoint and discovered they were wearing German dog tags under their U.S. uniforms.
Photographer Raymond D`Addario documented the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg
Raymond D'Addario, a U.S. Army photographer whose images of Nazi leaders during the Nuremberg war crimes trials put their faces before the world as it became aware of German atrocities, has passed away at 90. He was one of the dozen still and motion-picture photographers appointed by the Army Pictorial Service in 1945 to document the International Military Tribunal in Nuremberg.
War Shots: Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II
A new book - War Shots: Norm Hatch and the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Cameramen of World War II - tells of war from a different view, revealing how the Marine Corps developed, usually with very little budget and supervision, ways to tell its story in film and photography. Norman T. Hatch, a WWII cinematographer and combat photographer, won the 1944 Academy Award for "Most Outstanding Documentary Short Subject" for his 35mm footage of the amphibious assault at the Battle of Tarawa in 1943.
Motion picture photographer Philip Drell documented WWII combat, Holocaust
Philip Drell, a WWII combat motion picture photographer who recorded some of the era's most shocking images from the invasion of Normandy to the capture of the Dachau concentration camp, has passed away at the age of 91.
8 color photographs of Hitler by his personal photographer Hugo Jaeger
Adolf Hitler laughing with pals at afternoon tea, mingling with adoring girls during a school visit and hanging around on the deck of a cruise liner. These color photos of the Nazi dictator were taken 1936-1941. They show the Fuhrer waging charm offensives at Party receptions. The rarely seen pics were taken by his personal photographer Hugo Jaeger, who even photographed Hitler's 50th birthday at the Eagle's Nest, where the Führer was presented with a car by Ferdinand Porsche. After the war ended Jaeger feared for his life, and kept his photos hidden for years before selling them to Life magazine.
WWII photographs: French Resistance fighters executing Nazi collaborators
After Paris was liberated from Nazi occupation in 1944, LIFE photographer Carl Mydans and correspondent John Osborne saw a grim activity took place near the town of Grenoble in the foothills of the French Alps. A group of Resistance fighters (known as Maquis) gathered to execute a half-dozen Nazi collaborators who had collaborated with the hated and feared Milice - the Vichy police.
Women World War II correspondents - Stories of courage and cunning
At the beginning of World War II 127 women got accreditation from the U.S. War Department, though U.S. military policy forbade them from covering combat until late in the war. American women reporters were barred from press briefings, banned from going nearer to the front than the nurses, and were not given military transport like their male colleagues. When the British government accredited 558 writers, radio journalists and photographers to cover the D-day landings, not one was a woman -- even though many women had reported the Blitz 3 years earlier.
Norman Hatch: World War II Combat Cameraman in the Pacific theater
Norman Hatch was a WW2 combat cameraman who filmed some of the most bitter fighting in the Pacific theater. His efforts resulted an Academy Award - for footage so grim that it took special permission from Franklin Roosevelt to allow his short documentary film to be viewed as a newsreel. "The Pacific" miniseries has restored interest in the American island-by-island campaign against the Japanese. Hatch - in his basement den surrounded with film canisters and movie posters - still remembers it all. By November 1943, Hatch was a staff sergeant in the Pacific capturing footage on a hand-cranked 16mm movie camera.
Albert Bavaria may have guided Iwo Jima photographer Joseph Rosenthal to Mount Suribachi
Albert Bavaria was an officer in the U.S. Navy in February 1945 when a man with a camera talked to him at Iwo Jima. Bavaria was a beach master, making sure supplies that landed on Iwo Jima's beach got where they needed to go. One day a photographer asked where to get a good shot. "The tracer bullets - we could see them going up and up and up Mount Suribachi. We said the Marines are getting to the top - maybe that's a good place to go." Bavaria can't be sure he spoke to Joe Rosenthal, who would photograph 5 Marines and a Navy corpsman as they set up an American flag atop Mount Suribachi.
The Photographs of John Swope - exhibit in Canadian War Museum
American photographer John Swope was sent to Japan by the U.S. navy to document the release of Allied POWs at the end of World War II. Over 100 of his photos are presented in "A Letter From Japan: The Photographs of John Swope," an exhibition at the Canadian War Museum. Included are images showing the Japanese people's efforts to survive military defeat and economic ruin. Swope's own words, from a 144-page letter to his wife, accompany his vintage prints and detail his emotions during his stay in Japan.
Yevgeny Khaldei: The Decisive Moment. A Retrospective
With "Yevgeny Khaldei: The Decisive Moment. A Retrospective" - exhibit there is finally almost complete collection of Khaldei's photos 1936-1994. The picture that made Khaldei famous is that of the Reichstag, where on May 2, 1945, a Red Army soldier lifted the hammer-and-sickle flag on the burning parapet. Although he had to edit the photo that was to symbolize the defeat of Third Reich and the victory of the Red Army. And at the Nuremberg trials he got some very unusual shots of Hermann Goering and Rudolf Hess. Despite all his great WWII photos he was sacked from the Tass. The reason: he was a Jew.
Photographer Raymond Gurga had bird's-eye view of World War II
Raymond Gurga was in his 20s when he was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps. Now into his 80s, he will report for duty as grand marshal at the Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade. In his senior year Gurga's Russian great-uncle told him to read "Mein Kampf," saying "Here's a book I want you to read, Ray. It's going to change your whole life." Gurga graduated in 1939, the same year Nazi blitzkrieg smashed Poland, and he ended up to be a staff sergeant in the 8th Air Force's 493rd Bomber Group. As a combat photographer, he kept a pictorial history of the unit, by flying missions and collecting film from cameras mounted on B-24s and B-17s.
The Battle of Midway: A photographer's perspective
In 1942, a young photographer's mate found himself in the middle of the Battle of Midway. The films and photographs William G. Roy shot are now at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Many of his still pictures can be seen in history books, while his film clips are often used in tv specials on World War II and the War in the Pacific. Roy had gotten permission to film the action on the bridge of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Yorktown. "We had to avoid dive bombers and aerial torpedoes coming from different directions. The captain turned the ship to face the torpedoes head-on..."
Tale of Heinrich Hoffmann, Hitler's favourite photographer, can finally be told
The recollections of Adolf Hitler's favourite photographer Heinrich Hoffmann have been published in book "The Hitler Picture". He made a small fortune from photographing the Führer, but his saving were seized by the Allies and he died in poverty in 1957. Before his death, he gave a series of interviews to Joe Heydecker, who died 10 years ago with instructions that the conversations were not to be published until now. Hoffmann, more than any other, helped creating the myth of the "Führer Superman". Hoffmann recounts how he first met Hitler in 1929 and was one of few who knew of his relationship with Eva Braun.
George Rodger exhibition of war photos - World war II photojournalist
100 photographs by wartime photographer George Rodger are to appear at an exhibition of his work launching at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester. The exhibition runs from World War II to post-war Africa -- featuring the 100 photos (prints, lightboxes, projections and banners) with documentary films, interviews, wartime publications and personal objects. Visitors can try their skills as a picture editor by making a photo story from Rodger's contact sheets taken during the Blitz in 1940, as well as watch filmed interviews with veterans whose experiences are reflected in the images shown.
Witnesses - World War II through combat photographers' lenses
Ventura County is home to 3 World War II combat photographers who documented moments in the conflict that otherwise might have been lost. Later the men learned that some of those moments had great historical significance. Some of those photos have become iconic. But the names of the photographers were not important to the military, and many photos have disappeared in the passage of time. All three reached back into their memories to relate their experiences as World War II combat photographers. --- Jerry Cole's best known photographic work is a color photo of aerial artwork created by the contrails of soaring war planes, but his name has never appeared on the photo.
The Auschwitz "Mengele" photographer Wilhelm Brasse to see a film of his work
A Polish photographer Wilhelm Brasse, who was ordered to take pictures of camp inmates during World War II, will visit London to see film "The Portraitist" of his work. He was captured whilst trying to escape the Nazis in order to join the Polish army. He was sent to Auschwitz in 1940 as a political prisoner and remained there until the end of the wat. As a photographer, the SS ordered him to document the inmates. The day before the camp was evacuated, he risked his life to save most of the 100,000 pictures he took. Among the images are some portraits of children experimented on by the Dr Josef Mengele.
Exhibition of Emmanuil Yevzerikhin: Stalingrad Battle photographer
The Russian Museum has opened the exhibition of the Soviet photographer Emmanuil Yevzerikhin. Over 400 works made in the 1930-70s and now belonging to a private collector can be seen at the exhibition held in Mramorny Palace of the Russian Museum. The majority of the photos are dedicated to the Great Patriotic War. He as a war reporter was at many front lines all throughout the war, and became famous as "the major photographer" of the Stalingrad Battle.
The Führer's Photographer -- The Eye of the Third Reich
On his 34th birthday Walter Frentz was accorded a special honor. Adolf Hitler's preferred photographer was allowed to sit next to the Nazi dictator in 1941. Although he never became a member of the Nazi party, Frentz played a unique role in Adolf Hitler's entourage during the Third Reich. For years he was trusted to film Hitler for the weekly newsreels and other Nazi propaganda. Wherever the Führer was, he was too. But most of the photographs he took were never meant for the public. A new biography, The Eye of the Third Reich, shows unpublished shots of Hitler and other top Nazis, like SS leader Heinrich Himmler.
Combat photographer who took the flag raising photograph
Combat photographer Joe Rosenthal who captured the Pulitzer image of World War II marines raising an American flag over Iwo Jima, died. He didn't realize he had shot anything special until days later when the praise started pouring in. "Out of the corner of my eye, I had seen the men start the flag up. I swung my camera and shot the scene. That is how the picture was taken, and when you take a picture like that, you don't come away saying you got a great shot. You don't know." The photo became the subject of posters, war-bond drives and a postage stamp. Rosenthal captured the second raising of the flag after the Marines decided the first flag was too small.
Auschwitz photographer Wilhelm Brasse worked with Dr. Josef Mengele (Article no longer available from the original source)
Wilhelm Brasse was sent to Auschwitz as a political prisoner. Because he had worked in a photo studio, he was put to work in the photography and id department. One day in 1943 his boss, an SS officer Bernhard Walter, called him into his office. An immaculately uniformed SS officer was waiting. The stranger politely addressed Brasse as "sir." It was Dr. Josef Mengele, who said that he was going to send some Jewish girls for pictures, and that I had to take pictures of them naked. For years afterward Brasse saw them in his dreams: emaciated Jewish girls, herded naked in front of his camera. Eventually, his dreams stopped. But he never took pictures again.