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Martial law 1981 – Apocalypse Now

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John Beauchamp 13.12.2011 10:12
  • Michal Kubicki interviews Chris Niedenthal
Photographer Chris Niedenthal tells us how he took one of the iconic images of the imposition of martial law in Poland, 13 December 1981.


The photograph shows a tank standing outside the Moskwa cinema in Warsaw, which just happened to be showing Apocalypse Now, a highly popular movie released in Poland in the winter of 1981.

The photograph has since become world-renowned.

On the 30th anniversary of martial law, listen to American photographer Chris Niedenthal's story of how he managed to take the picture and send it to Newsweek editors in New York.

Chris Niedenthal was talking to Michal Kubicki

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