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Outstanding WW2 pictures (Part3: Emmanuil Evzerikhin)

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ww2 picturesOldpics continues to publish the most amazing WW2 pictures made by the Soviet photographers. It’s the third volume of this series. 

Here you can check previous publications:

Outstanding Soviet WW2 pictures (Part I: Max Alpert)

Outstanding Soviet WWII pictures (Part 2: Dmitri Baltermants) 

Now let’s take a look at WW2 pictures of Emmanuil Evzerikhin. He has some iconic world-famous photography in his portfolio too. We mean his photo of a fountain with dancing figures of children in the middle of ruined Stalingrad. This image became another gloomy symbol of WW2. Yevzerikhin’s scenes are generally atypical. Yes, there are many masterful combat photographs, but when selecting the brightest ones, you will pay attention to their symbolism, meaningfulness, whether it’s the cemetery of Hitler’s soldiers in liberated Stalingrad or the aircraft resembling a huge corn cob.

The road to combat photography

There was a lack of photo reporters in the USSR when WW2 broke out. Here’s how TASS (Russian version of AP) invited Emmanuil Evzerikhin to shoot war chronicles for them. He went through the entire war, filming many significant historical events. During the Battle of Stalingrad, Emmanuil became a real photo poet, as photo colleagues called him.

The Stalingrad series of photographs by Evzerikhin became the master’s visiting card; simple and expressive scenes grabbed editors’ attention and hit the print uncountable times. 

Evzerikhin captured the real, hungry, and destroyed the city of Stalingrad and its people. Panoramas of a burning city with “blinded” windows of houses; the frightening emptiness of extinct streets; Pictures of captured Germans are with despair in their eyes. Those WW2 pictures make you empathize with people who have become victims of the war. Frozen, miserable, wrapped in rags, and lined up in uneven ranks. The soldiers wander through the white snow to nowhere, their faces and figures leave only the feeling of the monstrosity of any war.

Emmanuil Evzerikhin participated in the Battle of Konigsberg, the liberation of Minsk. He filmed the battles of the cities of Poland and Czechoslovakia, including the bloody Prague operation.

Read more: 100 most important pictures in history

WW2 pictures Fountain Children's round dance in Stalingrad

Fountain Children’s round dance in Stalingrad after the raid of German aircraft, 1943

WW2 pictures of Women camouflage the Soviet Yak-1 fighter

Women camouflage the Soviet Yak-1 fighter at the airfield (1941)

Boeing factory disguised during WWII in pictures

The StuG III assault gun knocked out in Konigsberg and the killed German soldier. Germany (1945)

The StuG III assault gun knocked out in Konigsberg and the killed German soldier. Germany (1945)

WW2 pictures of The crew of the BA-10 armored car with a shepherd

The crew of the BA-10 armored car with a shepherd

Soviet collection point for captured bicycles in the city of Bischofsburg. Poland (1944)

Soviet collection point for captured bicycles in the city of Bischofsburg. Poland (1944)

WW2 pictures of the Red Army soldiers march at the Favoritenstrasse in Vienna (1945)

Red Army soldiers march at the Favoritenstrasse in Vienna (1945)

Read more: Vienna in 1945: Noteworthy pictures from soviet archives

People of Rostov-on-Don in the courtyard of the prison identify relatives killed by the German army (1943)

People of Rostov-on-Don in the courtyard of the prison identify relatives killed by the German army (1943)

Battery of Soviet 152-mm D-1 howitzers firing at German troops in Belarus (1944)

Battery of Soviet 152-mm D-1 howitzers firing at German troops in Belarus (1944)

German cemetery in a village near Stalingrad (1942)

German cemetery in a village near Stalingrad (1942)

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