Soviet War Photographers- Alexander Uzlyan (b. 1908)
Alexander Uzlyan was a staff photographer for Izvestiya, Pravda and Ognonyok magazine. During the Second World War, he was assigned to the Black Sea Fleet (known as ‘Black Death’ to the Germans) as a correspondent for the Soviet information bureau. He devoted a series of photographs to them as well as a book of memoirs. His photographs, which capture the bravery of the marines, give an impression of movement that is almost film-like.
This series of photographs were taken from the book ‘The Russian War: 1941-1945, 1978. 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. A brave group of talented artists indeed.
Uzlyan is using a Leica with a lens hood attached to the lens.