Poland, 1946.

Photographs and letters by John Vachon. Edited with an afterword by Ann Vachon. Introduction by Brian Moore.
Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC, 1995. 188 pp., 78 black-and-white illustrations, 9x10".

In 1939, the German invasion of Poland propelled the world into war. Not until 1946 did Poland begin to recover from the five years of destruction which had ravaged its cities and people. American John Vachon, having been one of the youngest photographers involved in the FSA, was assigned to cover the United Nations relief efforts. Capturing the postwar reconstruction in photographs, Vachon also wrote of his experiences in letters to his wife, which provide a rare context for the images. The book is a fascinating look at both the photographic history of postwar Poland and at the photojournalist's process.

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