YEVGENI KHALDEI (Russian, 1917-1997) 16.75 x 22.5 in (42.6 x 57.5 cm)

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Lot 147
YEVGENI KHALDEI (Russian, 1917-1997)
16.75 x 22.5 in (42.6 x 57.5 cm)

Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium
YEVGENI KHALDEI (Russian, 1917-1997)
Banner over the Reichstag (1st Version).
Gelatin silver print, May 1945.
Signed in pencil with photographer's stamp on verso.

Three days after the Russians captured Berlin, famous war photographer Ye. Khaldei staged a planting of the Soviet flag on the Reichstag, the former parliament building of the Third Reich. This is the version leading up to the famous photograph that has become as symbolic of the War in Europe as is the planting of the American flag on Iwo Jima of the War in the Pacific. Khaldei recalled many years later that he had his uncle, a tailor back in Moscow, make Soviet flags out of red table cloths and fly them to him to Berlin for the shooting. It was only a few days after Hitler's suicide and Khaldei found German and Russians soldiers shouting at each other outside the building. He picked out a young Russian Lieutenant to pose for him and they went up to the top of the building. He took this and other pictures before he got the soldier to unfurl the flag in the famous final iconic shot that was seen all over the world. See www.bramfoto.com/NewFiles/khaldei.html
16.75 x 22.5 in (42.6 x 57.5 cm)
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