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Behind Walls
2008

Behind Walls

Svetlana Bahchevanova

THE UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (Bulgaria, 1950-1956)

Before the Soviets occupied Bulgaria in 1944, at the most only the richest Bulgarians had a photo camera. After the occupation began the communists took control of public visual communication. Photography was allocated a central place in the propaganda machine. The images of THE UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER, found in the garbage in 1990, show how an anonymous photographer did what was expected of him. Idyllic images of modern workers and public parades predominate. Group portraits emphasise solidarity. Even in the case of activities involving one or two persons, several more workers are depicted. People posed in their Sunday best. Everything went to create an image as perfect as it was empty, while the atrocities that really took place, such as mass murders and work camps, went undocumented.

  • THE UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (Bulgaria, 1950-1956)

  • THE UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (Bulgaria, 1950-1956)

  • THE UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (Bulgaria, 1950-1956)

  • THE UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (Bulgaria, 1950-1956)

  • THE UNKNOWN PHOTOGRAPHER (Bulgaria, 1950-1956)

Transition
2008

Transition

Svetlana Bahchevanova

UNTITLED (Bulgaria, 1989)

December 10, 1989. Sofia, Bulgaria. The first public action of the newly formed Bulgarian anti-communist political opposition, in front of the Alexander Nevskiî church. They wanted changes within the ruling Communist Party.

  • UNTITLED (Bulgaria, 1989)

    December 10, 1989. Sofia, Bulgaria. The first public action of the newly formed Bulgarian anti-communist political opposition, in front of the Alexander Nevskiî church. They wanted changes within the ruling Communist Party.

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Behind Walls

Behind Walls

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