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KGB Photography and Films: The Image of the Enemy

Drawing upon visual materials recently discovered in the SBU archives in Ukraine, George F. Kennan Fellow Tatiana Vagramenko will discuss how specific visual technologies developed by the KGB created a powerful image of the “people’s enemy” and broadly shaped socialist imaginations.

Date & Time

Feb. 19, 2020
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Location

5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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KGB Photography and Films: The Image of the Enemy

Along with other advanced surveillance and espionage technologies, photography was a common method of “agent-operational measures” of the Soviet security services. KGB officers photographed crime scenes and criminal evidence, used concealed cameras for surveillance, and photographed intercepted materials. Additionally, a rich collection of confiscated images, subject to alteration and doctoring, was used as evidence against repressed individuals and groups. Drawing upon visual materials recently discovered in the SBU archives in Ukraine, George F. Kennan Fellow Tatiana Vagramenko discussed how specific visual technologies developed by the KGB created a powerful image of the “people’s enemy” and broadly shaped socialist imaginations.

A film screening of a KGB-produced propaganda film “The End of Spider” (1959, Ukraine, 18 min), followed the opening remarks.

Speaker

Tatiana Vagramenko

Tatiana Vagramenko

George F. Kennan Fellow,
Post-Doctoral Researcher, University College Cork.
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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American expertise and knowledge of Russia, Ukraine, and the region. Through its residential fellowship programs, public lectures, workshops, and publications, the Institute strives to attract, publicize, and integrate new research into the policy community.  Read more

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