Solo Exhibition + Book Launch
»Berlin V. 1945 (Berlin Mai 1945)«
Special Guest: Arthur Bondar – Photographer and publisher
Valery Faminsky, photographer in the Red Army, documented from April to August 1945 the care of wounded soldiers in Berlin for the medical authorities.
In addition to this work, he also made many impressive shots of the destroyed city, their population and the everyday life of the Russian troops. Owing to his army accreditation, Faminsky could move freely in the city, becomes a real eyewitness. His personal and humanistic view distinguishes his photographs from most other staged propaganda pictures of the first postwar weeks in Berlin.
At the beginning of August 1945, Faminsky was demobilised and returned to Moscow. Faminsky’s pictures from Berlin were neither reprinted nor issued and remained unknown, until the Moscow photographer Arthur Bondar discovered the pictures and acquired the archive in 2016. He very quickly recognised the unique historical significance and the quality of Valery Faminsky’s work and published a book of Faminsky’s pictures in 2017.
Bildband Berlin and Arthur Bondar are proud to show Valery Faminsky’s photographs here in Berlin, where they originated exactly 73 years ago, for the first time. We will also be able to offer the last copies of the book.