Special Issue of Photography & Culture 12(2): Photography in Transitioning European Communist and Post-Communist Histories

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Subject Fields: 
Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Cultural History / Studies, Eastern Europe History / Studies, Fine Arts, Political History / Studies

A new issue of the journal Photography & Culture (volume 12, number 2) has been published and is a special issue titled "Photography in Transitioning European Communist and Post-Communist Histories".

Registering and studying the distinct characteristics of late- and post-communist political photographic cultures in the former Eastern Bloc and “Eastern Europe”, the special issue endeavors to develop their historically informed and socially conscious study. Contributors to the issue consider case studies from some of the most politically and culturally diverse states in the region, including Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic and Slovakia since 1993), the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania), East and unified Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Russia. Some space is also given to photography from Slovenia (formerly one of six socialist republics in Yugoslavia), as a means to account for part of Southeastern Europe’s historical association with the Eastern Bloc, and for the (separate yet ideologically related) communist legacies shared by the majority of Eastern and Southeastern European countries.


Table of contents:


Introduction: Photography in Transitioning European Communist and Post-Communist Histories

Gil Pasternak, pages: 139-149



Toward an Emancipation of Photographic Vision: “Visualism” Under Czechoslovakian “Normalization” (1968–89)

Paula Gortázar, pages: 151-170

Haunting Legacies: Family and Archival Photographs in Aleksandra Garlicka’s Taxonomy of Polish Society (1985–95)

Gil Pasternak & Marta Ziętkiewicz, pages: 171-201

A National Complex: Institutional Photography in Hungary Since 1980

Catherine Troiano, pages: 203-226

Stasi Surveillance Photographs and Extra-Archival Legacy

Donna West Brett, pages: 227-248

From Local History to Global Visual Culture: The Evolution of Baltic Photography on the Threshold of the Twenty-First Century

Marianna Michałowska, pages: 249-265


One Photograph

The Arrest of Janez Janša, by Tone Stojko: The Powerful Photograph that Led to Far-Reaching Political Change

Marija Skočir, pages: 267-271


The Archive

Photographic Collections in Post-Soviet Russia and the Development of Russian Photographic Scholarship

Ramina Abilova, pages: 273-278



Notes for an Epilogue (photo-essay)

Tamas Dezso & Eszter Szablyar, pages: 279-295



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Dr Gil Pasternak, Associate Professor - Research / Reader in Social and Political Photographic Cultures, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK

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