Two images: Finland during Winter War and Continuation War, WWII
Published An awkwardly rigged “capture” of a bunker. The three helmets positioned on the foreground are the only trace of battle. The scene was obviously staged for the press, which the troops on the front didn’t appreciate.
Published The enemy surrenders. The grin of the soldier in the front is clear sign that everything is not as it seems. The staged photograph is shot on the prisoner camp of Karvia during the Winter War.
Prejudice and propaganda
Published A photograph, shot east of Ihantala lake, depicts the occurence of cannibalism.
Published Prisoners going to stomp on landmines. The theme of the picture is very abnormal, almost incomprehensible, and the picture surely was not intended for publication, not even in documentational purposes.
Unpublished The desecration of statues and images of Stalin and Lenin were recorded only by the soldiers’ own photographs. In this picture the images were used for target practice.
Unpublished Soviet symbols were destroyed and desecrated in outbursts driven by prejudice.
Published Photographing Russian child soldiers had one clear message; the Soviet troops had shortages of manpower.
Published Whereas pictures of Soviet child soldiers were used for negative propaganda, pictures of Finnish children symbolised people united in struggle.
Published An artilleryman represented an ideal of a jack-of-all-trades soldier, who was not a parade soldier, but a fearsome forest warrior.
Published The Russians were thought of as naturally filthy and bad-smelling people, and the Finnish gladly showed how the hygiene of the prisoners were kept in order.
Unpublished Photographs by the men on the front could depict soldiers in situations that press photographers never would have shot. Men defecating on a slat was material which could have woken concerns about health and hygiene conditions in the public.
Published The orders of delicacy towards corpses issued by the headquarters is visible in the picture, where the fallen are loaded onto the carriage. Only one coffin was photographed.
Unpublished An exceptional photograph of dead Finnish on a schoolyard. Photographing fallen Finnish was a taboo, which could be broken only in the sense of documentation. Publication of pictures like this was censored during wartime.
Unpublished It was hard to take a stand to the fallen women. Accoring to the Soviet propaganda there were no women on the front, but this falsehood was revealed by ripping open the bodies’ clothes. This was an extremely grotesk way of handling the absurdity of war.
Unpublished One of the few photographs of actual battle. Two dead soldiers lay on the foreground, nationality unclear.