Tony Vaccaro talks about combat photography in World War II on C-Span American Artifacts.
Sept. 8, 1941 — Margaret Bourke White, “the first American girl to drive into the Kremlin,” takes photos of Joseph Stalin and describes the experience (starting on p. 26). “At last I was sent for. I had no time to be nervous… Stalin is a different looking man from what I had expected. His pictures make him look tall, but he is short. His pictures make his face look plump, but it is rather lean. He looks like a man who has been stout and gotten thinner lately. He has a kind of gray and tired look… His mustache and hair have a kind of chewed up, straw-like look. He wears boots and plain khaki clothes. His hands are wrinkled. He looks like a completely strong person, immobile and unemotional…” He laughed when she dropped to her knees to get this shot.
After the war, the US Information Agency was engaged in an ideological conflict with Soviet Russia. The agency saw photographer Edward Weston as emblematic of American creativity and made this informational film describing his life and work.