in ultimate repose, Stalin reaps the benefit of photo manipulation
in this newspaper, Stalin's Banner. A simple photo of the man
lying in state is not enough. So after his death, in March 1953,
a photomontage is manufactured for use in the Soviet press. Its
mission is to not only perpetuate Stalin's crudely magnified larger-than-life
image but to show great apprehension on the faces of Politburo
members, whose images are plucked from previous photos and pasted
in to this mourning scene.
do the communists do such a rough job retouching Soviet books
and journals? Did they hope such eliminations will be noticed,
and thus send an ominous warning?