‘Soviet Photo’ @ The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography
Soviet Photo magazine was the most popular periodical on photography in the USSR. During its lifetime (1926-1997) the magazine witnessed all key figures of the photographic life of the country. Despite governmental control over the magazine, it managed to become a flexible enough and virtually single platform for thorough discussion of photography, held by key art historians, critics, professional and amateurs photographers from all over the union.
After the logic of the magazine, the exhibition focuses on the history and convergence of photo reportage and amateur photography. Photo reportage section features seminal and rare prints of the leading Russian photographers from the collection of The Lumiere Centre. Marking as well the upcoming 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the exhibition features war photography that was repeatedly printed in the magazine and became classic war photography images.
The exhibition invites to engage into the discussion on Soviet and Russian photography of the 1920s-1990s, to gain insight into aesthetic and subject-related diversity of photography of the time, which in an extraordinary manner manifested itself through the magazine. The exhibition features vintage photographs from The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography collection, photographs from private collections, magazine covers and key editorials.
The Soviet Photo exhibition celebrates the 5th anniversary of The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography.
The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography (Bolotnaya emb. 3, b.1, Moscow, Russia). Grand opening on May 13 at 7:00 PM. The exhibition will be open to the public between May 14 and September 6, 2015.
The Soviet Photo exhibition is organised under doc! photo magazine patronage.