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Eliot Elisofon i Sverige 1944: spion, fotojournalist och livsnjutare
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2011 (Swedish)In: Nya Argus, ISSN 0027-7126, Vol. 104, no 11-12, 294-301 p.Article, book review (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Eliot Elisofon completed his Nordic assignment after the dangerous journey to Torneå in Finland in October 1944 (where he and his colleague Nat Barrow were injured [Granqvist, Nya Argus 9, 2001, p. 213-220) and an exhibition of a selection of his photos and paintings in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö in late November. He would be hospitalized in London for some time to return to the US and new LIFE commitments. I have chosen to examine his activity in Sweden thematically, with a provisional focus on the chronology. In the first section, I discuss his political activity as a SHAEFF employed journalist; in the second his more conventional photojournalism about Swedish culture, art and tourism; and in the third, in way of a summary, his joie de vivre and its relation to photography as a documentary art form. His view of Sweden (that showed similarities with that of Finland; see Granqvist, Nya Argus 5-6 2011, p. 213-220) can be read in two ways: as a moral of American self-fulfilling do good and an image of a country at the end of the Second World War, in a cocoon of freedom.

Abstract [sv]

Eliot Elisofon slutförde sin nordiska vistelse efter den farliga resan till Torneå i oktober 1944 (med ett bombregn i Röyttä, som skadade honom och kollegan Nat Barrow (Granqvist, Nya Argus 9, 2011, s. 213-220) och en selektiv utställning av sina foton och målningar i Stockholm, Göteborg och Malmö. Han skulle vårdas en kort tid på ett sjukhus i London för att återvända till USA och nya LIFE uppdrag. Jag har valt att kritiskt diskutera hans verksamhet i Sverige (februari-november 1944) i första hand tematiskt, med viss hänsyn till kronologi. I det första avsnittet synar jag hans göranden som skulle kunna definieras som politiska eller anknutna till SHAEF uppdraget; i det andra hans mer konventionella fotojournalistik om svensk kultur, konst, sport och turism; i det tredje, summerande, hans levnadsglädje och dess värderelation till fotot som dokumenterande konstart. Hans bild av Sverige (som även tog form i gestaltningen av Finland; Granqvist, Nya Argus 5-6, 2011, s. 213-220) är dubbelsidig: en moralisk-ideologisk självbild insatt i anspråk på nationell amerikansk bekräftelse och en bild av ett land i andra världskrigets slutfas, i frihetens utanförskap.

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Helsingfors, 2011. Vol. 104, no 11-12, 294-301 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden and the II worldwar, meda and the II worldwar, LIFE magazine and Sweden
Keyword [sv]
Sverige och II världskriget, media och II världskriget, LIFE bildtidningen i Sverige
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Humanities
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History; Cultural Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-50273OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-50273DiVA: diva2:481107
Available from: 2012-01-20 Created: 2011-12-02 Last updated: 2012-01-20Bibliographically approved

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