Shutterbug Friday #8:
Dmitri Baltermants: Life Among the Red Recidivists

















































26 comments:

newspeak101 said...

Value-production not transcended; state-capitalist all. What a tragedy for the human race these counterrevolutons would become in the 20th century.

Robert Fiore said...

Yeah, those lousy stinking capitalist counterrevolutionaries.

Vanwall said...

These are infinitely more interesting than his war pictures, IMHO. Full of pictures of some of the most calculatingly evil people in the history of the world, wonderful stuff! Khrushchev looks dapper in the summer suit. Certainly more alive than Uncle Joe and the rest of the Commie Bastards.

Zoe said...

Striking Pictures! as always.

marietta said...

Krieg ist ein massaker zwischen menschen,die sich nicht kennen,für leute,die sich kennen aber nicht massakrieren .

mister muleboy said...

Most striking to me?

Young Vietnamese woman, lower left [of penultimate photo in series], with her modified Kalashnikov, and her tired eyes. . . .

mister muleboy said...

PS Thanks, Tom.

Welcome back !!!!!


No tired eyes on you. . . .

Glamour Daze said...

Fabulous photos. That girl behind the see through map caught my eye.

Gerard Saylor said...

Yes, plenty of killers in those photos. The propaganda photo on the roof is so similar to Nazi photos.

Some of those '50s photos remind me of Oswald in Russian. Evidentiary photos by the Dallas PD made during the Oswald are now online at http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/JFKDP/browse/

Gerard Saylor said...

Dig the gal with the Tommy Gun in the next to last photo.

Timmy said...

All this is proof positive that Anericanism is surely a lack-luster lifestyle. Long Live Communism For The Masses!

Vanwall said...

Gerard's correct, no Kalashnikov, but a U.S. Army issue Tommy. The Thompson was still used in the '60s in SEA, even by the Army, and the Viet Minh, and later Viet Cong, had access to plenty of capured or black market equipment, so why not use an enemy weapon that has plenty of ammunition available as well?

I feel sorry for the guy tied up, it has all the hallmarks of a local "show" trial.

phil said...


Amazing shots, Tom!
Thanks for this series.

Christopher said...

what a mess they made!

Robert Fiore said...

I believe it was William Broyles, Jr., a Marine during the Vietnam war, who told the story of how many years later he visited Vietnam and spoke to one of his opposite numbers from the NVA. Broyles spoke of how American soldiers thought the AK47 was superior to the M16. "Yes," the other fellow said, "but back then I preferred to use the M16." Surprised, Broyles asked why. "Well, you could almost always find all the aammunition you needed laying around on the ground, and when you couldn't, you could buy it from the South Vietnamese officers."

Gunter Weltschmerz said...

Amazing photos - very social realismistic - Victor Serge's "Memoirs of a Revolutionary" is my favorite book on the revolution from an eyewitness participant. The idealism was beautiful - the peasants revolt ghastly: they liked to disembowel the commissars and wind their intestines around trees.

Fred said...

All we are missing are shots of poor schmucks lined up for hours to buy toilet paper that feels like course grade sawdust, internment camps for Cuban homosexuals, Chinese and Vietnamese re-education camps, and stacks and stacks of Cambodian skulls.

Tommy O'C said...

Well said, Fred. There isn't one shot here that isn't propagandistic crap. Anyone who feels "nostalgic," open-minded or admiring about the USSR clearly never lived there (unless, of course, they were high-ranking Party members). I know people who did. And they are so happy to be livin' in the USA.

Mickey Glitter said...

Great series - and welcome back. You certainly know how to make a return entrance! =)

Tom Sutpen said...

Alright, alright. Break it up.

No nostalgia for the old Soviet Union was intended or should be inferred from either of these 'Shutterbug Friday' entries. I happen to think Baltermants took some striking images in his day, that's all (tis a low standard, but mine own). That some of them were used for the purposes of propaganda by the wardens of a slave society means nothing to me . . . in that context (emphasis added for those of you inclined to go bananas on this issue).

Let's leave the old, dead Cold War to lie moldering in its grave, shall we?

To the inimitable Monsieur Muleboy and Mickey Glitter:

Thankye!

mautec said...

yeahh that's right! We need the balance of the regime.. In the good old days wars was waged for pure greed: gold, womans, land and all sort of things a man would want to have... But those wars waged against a regime, against a way of living, againt a skin color are the most deplorable ones...

Kenmeer livermaile said...

Aw why not feel nostalgia for a place we never lived in but lived with? Russia sucked before the October revolution, and it still sucks now. But it makes for fascinating views of those amazing apes, the humans.

Kind of like Amerindians longing for the good old Neolithic days before the White Man came. Great scenery but lousy living conditions, and not that much better now for all that the scenery's been smudged.

Fred said...

Tom, my comments were meant for irony, not as a criticism of the fine work you do on this website. As for the pictures, they are quite fascinating, especially the third from the top, with Kruschev, Brezhnev and the other leaders sitting so smug and self-satisfied, whie the rest of the nomenclatura looks on uneasily, most peering out of the corners of their eyes, expecting the next purge may be just seconds away.

Gerard Saylor said...

Regarding modern Russia. Brent Ghelfi has written three great thriller novels set in modern Russia. Ghelfi said he gets a lot of criticism over the heavy violence in the novels but that the violence accurately reflects modern Russia and Moscow.

Kreisler said...

Blimey, so much self-congratulatory anti-communism in one post. Castro not Batista, NVA not ARVN far as I'm concerned.

Kenmeer livermaile said...

But if we can't warm our hands over the fire of mutual commie-hatred, that leaves us with only those steenkeeng Mooslems, and they don't burn nearly as long as a fat commissar.