Chaldej, Jewgeni

Jewgeni Chaldej (1917 – 1997) was a Red Army photographer. At the age of nineteen, he started working with the Soviet press agency TASS, documenting World War II since 1941. He took the famous picture of a Red Army soldier raising the Soviet flag above the German Reichstag at the end of the war. The photo was published in the magazine Ogoniok, May the 13th, 1945 and is known today as a symbol of the historic defeat of Nazi Germany. He later documented the Potsdam Conference in 1945, the Nuremberg Trials the following year and continued working as a freelance photographer for Soviet newspapers focusing on capturing scenes of everyday life.