KHALDEI, YEVGENI.  1917-1997 18 1/5 x 22 1/5 in

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Lot 119
KHALDEI, YEVGENI. 1917-1997
18 1/5 x 22 1/5 in

US$ 4,000 - 6,000
£ 3,100 - 4,700
KHALDEI, YEVGENI. 1917-1997
Reindeer. Murmansk.
Gelatin silver print.
Signed in pencil on verso and with photographer's stamp, 1941

Famed Ukrainian-born photojournalist Yevgeni Khaldei is remembered primarily for his photograph of the planting of the Red Flag on the Reichstag. Nearly as celebrated is this shot of a shell-shocked reindeer known as Yasha. However, this striking image was faked: it is a composite of two photos (an exploding bomb with superimposed British Hawker Hurricanes sent to relieve Murmansk; and the scared reindeer). Some hand work is obvious in the explosion. The photographer may have intended the picture as a visual pun: The German offensive to capture Murmansk was codenamed Operation Renntier or Reindeer. 18 1/5 x 22 1/5 in
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