Simon Gutman creating poster for the film 'The Soviet Latvia'

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  • Photo taken in:
    Riga
    Year when photo was taken:
    1951
    Country name at time of photo:
    USSR
    Country name today:
    Latvia
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    Altman

This is a picture of me, photographed as I was drawing the poster in 1951 for the film "The Soviet Latvia? in 1951. In order to print it I had to acquire permission at Glavlit [the State Committee on Literature], get approvals from numerous authorities, and obtain all the rights. This photo was published in the newspaper ?Kurzemsky Golos?.

The story was the same with my caricatures: I had to approve them with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the highest level of bureaucracy. I was summoned to the ministry, I had serious talks with the officials about politics, the current international situation, I presented my views and was explained the official position. My political cartoons were published in "The Soviet Latvia? - the official newspaper of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Latvia, and general caricatures in the magazine ?Dadzis? (?Burdock?). I still have an extensive archive of my caricatures, but I have handed over my film posters - the originals - to the Latvian Cinema Museum.

Interview details

Interviewee: Simon Gutman
Interviewer:
Svetlana Kovalchuk
Month of interview:
February
Year of interview:
2002
Riga, Latvia

KEY PERSON

Simon Gutman
Year of birth:
1907
City of birth:
Dvinsk
Country name at time of birth:
Russia
Occupation
before WW II:
Artist
after WW II:
Artist
Family names
  • Previous family name: 
    Gutnomen-Gutman
    Year of changing: 
    1940
    Reason for changing: 
    Shortening of the family name in 1940

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