Drachinsky Nikolay

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ABOUT

Nikolay Drachinsky (1917-1978) was born in 1917 in the village of Safonovo, Nikolaev region (Ukraine).

In 1938-1941 he worked as an editor of the youth newspaper Pacific Komsomolets. From 1943-1951 — correspondent of the newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda in the Khabarovsk and Primorsky Territories.

Already in the 1950s and 1960s, Nikolai Drachinsky was a well-known photojournalist and worked in leading editions of the USSR — the newspapers «Komsomolskaya Pravda» and «Izvestia». In the 1950s, the most widely read magazine in the country, «Ogonyok», published almost every issue of his report from various regions of the Soviet Union, as well as from countries in Africa, the Middle East, Southeast Asia and Europe.

In the 60-70s, he became the head of one of the most significant projects of that time — the photo exhibition «USSR — the country and people in art photographs.» The show was triumphantly exhibited first in the USA, then in more than 50 countries in the world. Up to 2,000 photographs were exhibited in different countries, up to 500 authors from all over the country participated. The exhibition was also shown in Moscow, in the Central Manege.

In the 70s, leaving the exhibition activity, Nikolai Drachinsky experimented a lot — he was looking for a new sound, an extraordinary expressiveness of colour in photography. Multicontour — this is the name of the technique he created for obtaining a multilayer colour photographic image. The experimental photographer long before the advent of digital photo editors received effects that are widely used today by photo artists and designers.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
Moscow Multicircuits, Museum of Moscow, Moscow

2016
“GAUDEAMUS: From the History of Russian Students”, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

2015
“Soviet Photo”, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow
“The PROzavod”, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

2013
“Invitation to dinner. Cookbook of the Russian Museum”, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

2012
“We are. The best photographs of the XX century”, The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography, Moscow

2008
Soviet Photo Art of the 60-70s, The Lumiere Brothers Gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow

2007
Nikolay Drachinsky. Personal exhibition, The Lumiere Brothers Gallery, Central House of Artists, Moscow