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Photographing World War II by Sean Sheehan

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To have been in Berlin in April and May of 1945 was to witness the end of World War II in Europe and the first days of a new epoch in world history. The most famous photograph of those times shows the red flag with star, hammer and sickle being raised over the Reichstag. The event really happened but the picture was a photoshoot. A tremendously dramatic shot and taken at a historic moment but, nevertheless, a staged event taken for the camera. The photographs taken by Valery Faminsky on the streets of the German capital in April and May...

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