In exploring the intersection of art, politics and life, few collections in the world can compare with the David King collection. More than a collection, this is an interdisciplinary art work in itself, built over a life time by David King, who was not only a passionate collector but also an artist, designer and historian. King’s approach was based on the power that the image had on the mediation of history and potential change, with his collection containing a wealth of photographic material reflecting this approach. This collection also brings together a selection of unique examples of image manipulation techniques, erasures and deletions, documents whose faces are erased from history but also the methods by which they were erased.
Through the David King collection we not only trace the course of twentieth century Russian history but uncover, through these images, ephemera and documents, how power was seized and consolidated by the Soviet state.
Material selected by Morwenna Roche (Archive Cataloguer) and Peter Eaves (Archive Cataloguer).