Erich Lessing (1923 – 2018)
Nikita Khrushchev splitting a tree trunk, Village of Pleurs, France, 1960
Furious over the U-2 plane incident, Khrushchev split a tree trunk which barred his way with four powerful strokes. The Soviet Premier was travelling the French region Champagne-Ardenne, when the U-2 plane incident happened, causing a crisis during the Cold War era. The image was taken, when he was just about to went on a nostalgic tour to the village where his new Minister of defence, Rodion Malinowski, spent a few weeks during First World War, while the other participants were waiting for him to start the meeting.
Vintage Gelatin silver print
Image dimensions 24,9 x 16,6 cm (24,9 x 16,6 inch)
Single weight paper, semi-glossy surface
Photographer's agency stamp and negative no. »60-11-17/19A« stamp on the reverse
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