Arkadi Shaykhet (1898-1959)was one of the leaders of the group of Soviet press photographers who came to the fore after the revolution of 1917. He was one of the initiators of the movement in the 1920s and 1930s that elevated photographic reportage to the same level as literary reportage. His picture ‘Thank you, son’, ranks with Capa’s “Fallen fighter”and Balterman’s ‘Grief’ as one of the most effective protests against the horrors of war ever photographed.
These series of photographs were taken from the book ‘The Russian War: 1941 – 1945”. They are in memory of the brave soviet war photographers working on the eastern front. Although mostly forgotten, their works rank alongside that of Capa and other western photographers covering the western front.