SHOOTING THE RUSSIAN WAR by Margaret Hourke-White
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Don't put this down as just another remarkable camera record by one of our leading photographers. It is much more than that, for the text is as important as the pictures (100 chosen from many times that number). There is the adventure of picture taking under incredible odds; there is an entertaining human record of the Caldwell family life in wartime Russia; there is a warm portrayal of the Russian pattern of living and the people; there are stories of bombings, of the churches, of broadcasting; of the costs of living; of trips to the front; of the Russian soldier and civilian. The journey to Soviet Russia, undertaken last Spring, took them by Clipper to Hong Kong, where she photographed the Soong sisters; then on to Chungking and the meeting with General and Madame Chiang Kal Shek; on to Lanchow, to the Gobi desert, to H and Moscow. She reports her impressions of the new Russia after a nine year absence, finding many changes. This was in May and early June, and with the coming of the anti-German rumblings, the Caldwells determined to stay on, to find a way around the anti-camera regulations. A thoroughly colorful account, strictly personal and occupational, that is propaganda-wise and interest holding...Long and important captions.

Pub Date: June 29th, 1942
Publisher: Simon & Schuster