The Commissar Vanishes
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
The Commissar Vanishes: The Falsification of Photographs and Art in Stalin's Russia is a 1997 book by David King about the censoring of photographs in Stalin's Soviet Union through silent alteration via airbrushing and other techniques. It has an introduction by Stephen F. Cohen.
Companion album by Michael Nyman
Michael Nyman created a companion album of the same title in 1999. The second disc of the two-disc album contains The Fall of Icarus, the score to an eponymous art installation by Peter Greenaway from 1986 which had previously been unreleased. The first disc, The Commissar Vanishes, is a version of The Fall of Icarus that has been defaced similarly to the photographs reproduced in King's book.
Disc 1: The Commissar Vanishes
- Earth In Turmoil
- Jealousy And Revenge
- Look Out For An Enemy!
- Ordinary Citizens
- A Swift Exit
Disc: 2: The Fall of Icarus
- Nikolai Yezhov at the shore of the Moskwa-Wolga-Channel
- Source criticism
- Criticisms of communist party rule
- Censorship of images in the Soviet Union