Agan Harahap claims that he is a wildlife photographer. There is very little known about him beyond this. He also claims that he loves history, which is evident in his “Super Hero” collection. But what aspects of history does he love? Harahap’s “Super Hero” images question the photographic evidence of historical events, people and places. The images question how history is documented and absorbed in our collective consciousness.
“Conference of the Big Three at Yalta makes final plans for the defeat of Germany. Here the Big Three sit on the patio together, Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Premier Josef Stalin. February 1945.”
“He gives the order of the Day : ‘Full victory-nothing else !’ to paratroopers in England, just before they board their airplanes to participate in the first assault in the invasion of the continent of Europe. Greenham Common Airfield in England about on June 5, 1944.”
“Stolen Art at Neuschwanstein Castle, 1945. Soldiers from the 7th US Army carry the priceless artworks down the steps of Meunschwanstein Castle where hoards of European art treasures, stolen by the Nazis, were hidden during World War II.”
“Heinrich Himmler inspects a prisoner-of-war camp in Russia.”
“U.S. soldiers engaged in street fighting, avenue de Paris, Cherbourg-Normandy 1944”