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Arthur Grace: Communism(s)
A Cold War Album
Introduction by Richard Hornik.
An unusually intimate, close-quarters account of daily life in postwar communist countries
For most people in the West, the realities of life behind the Iron Curtain have faded into caricatures of police state repression and bread lines. With the world seemingly again divided between democracies and authoritarian regimes, it is essential that we understand the reality of life in the Soviet Bloc. American photojournalist Arthur Grace (born 1947) was uniquely placed to provide that context.
During the 1970s and 1980s Grace traveled extensively behind the Iron Curtain, working primarily for news magazines. One of only a small corps of Western photographers with ongoing access, he was able to delve into the most ordinary corners of people’s daily lives, while also covering significant events. Many of the photographs in this remarkable book are effectively psychological portraits that leave the viewer with a sense of the gamut of emotions in that era.
Illustrated with over 120 black-and-white images—nearly all previously unpublished—Communism(s) gives an unprecedented glimpse behind the veil of a not-so-distant time filled with harsh realities unseen by nearly all but those that lived through it. Shot in the USSR, Poland, Romania, Yugoslavia and the German Democratic Republic, here are portraits of factory workers, farmers, churchgoers, vacationers and loitering teens juxtaposed with the GDR’s imposing Social Realist–designed apartment blocks, annual May Day Parades, Poland’s Solidarity movement (and the subsequent imposition of martial law) and the vastness of Moscow’s Red Square.
"Arthur Grace's evocative Cold War album has captured not just the long lines for food and the crumbling buildings, but even more important, the looks of spiritual despair on people's faces." –Michael Dobbs, author of the New York Times bestseller One Minute to Midnight.
"Grace captures the bitter poetry and sweet soul of Eastern Europe and Russia under Communism. The grey skies, ugly buildings, long lines and secret police, but also the bursting through moments of life—young couples in love, smiling hotel housekeepers and surly punk rockers." –John Darnton, former New York Times Warsaw bureau chief and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting
"For those of us who reported from the other side of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War, Arthur Grace's photos capture not just the physical feel of the communist era: he captures its soul." –Andrew Nagorski, former Warsaw, Moscow and Berlin bureau chief for Newsweek
Featured image is reproduced from 'Arthur Grace: Communism(s)'.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/11/2022
Saturday, June 11 from 4–6 PM PST, Arcana: Books on the Arts presents photographer Arthur Grace signing copies of his new book, Communism(s): A Cold War Album, published by Damiani Books. If you cannot attend, place an order here for your very own copy of Communism(s) signed by Arthur Grace to be picked up at the store or shipped to you after the event.
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