Long-time WHNPA member Arthur Grace has published a new book titled Communism(s): A Cold War Album. The book, published by Damiani Editore is a portfolio of photographs he took behind the Iron Curtain in Soviet Bloc countries while on assignment for TIME and Newsweek magazines from 1977-1989.
Information about the book, provided by Amazon: For most people in the West, the realities of life behind the Iron Curtain have faded into caricatures of police state repression and bread lines. With the world seemingly again divided between democracies and authoritarian regimes, it is essential that we understand the reality of life in the Soviet Bloc. Grace was uniquely placed to provide that context.
During the 1970s and 1980s Grace traveled extensively behind the Iron Curtain, working primarily for news magazines. One of only a small corps of Western photographers with ongoing access, he was able to delve into the most ordinary corners of people’s daily lives, while also covering significant events. Many of the photographs in this remarkable book are effectively psychological portraits that leave the viewer with a sense of the gamut of emotions in that era.
Illustrated with over 120 black-and-white images―nearly all previously unpublished―Communism(s) gives an unprecedented glimpse behind the veil of a not-so-distant time filled with harsh realities unseen by nearly all but those that lived through it. Shot in the USSR, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia and the German Democratic Republic, here are portraits of factory workers, farmers, churchgoers, vacationers and loitering teens juxtaposed with the GDR’s imposing Social Realist–designed apartment blocks, annual May Day Parades, Poland’s Solidarity movement (and the subsequent imposition of martial law) and the vastness of Moscow’s Red Square.
“Arthur Grace’s evocative Cold War album has captured not just the long lines for food and the crumbling buildings, but even more important, the looks of spiritual despair on people’s faces.” –Michael Dobbs, author of the New York Times bestseller One Minute to Midnight.
“Grace captures the bitter poetry and sweet soul of Eastern Europe and Russia under Communism. The grey skies, ugly buildings, long lines and secret police, but also the bursting through moments of life―young couples in love, smiling hotel housekeepers and surly punk rockers.” –John Darnton, former New York Times Warsaw bureau chief and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
“For those of us who reported from the other side of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, Arthur Grace’s photos capture not just the physical feel of the communist era: he captures its soul.” –Andrew Nagorski, former Warsaw, Moscow and Berlin bureau chief for Newsweek.
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