Tom Lubbock

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Photomontage: A Political Weapon

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This is a handy manual of the genre, designed to celebrate the current revival of political photomontage, by comparing it with its august origins in pre-war Germany. There is a brief art-historical monograph, but the bulk of the argument, like the book, is made up of pictures, selected on rather tendentious principles. The plates are divided into two sections: the first given wholly to the work of John Heartfield, the second to various contemporary European montage-makers, largely featuring the work of the German Klaus Staeck, and our own Peter Kennard.

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