Encyclopedia of Photography (1891–1991) exhibition

On Friday, December 2, 2016, the Encyclopedia of Photography (1891–1991) exhibition will be opened at pavilion No. 15 Radio Electronics of VDNH. The exposition includes 250 works of prominent Russian photographers from pre-revolutionary photos by the famous chronicler Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky to reportage shots of Perestroika times by Igor Mukhin.

Encyclopedia of Russian life

The Encyclopedia of Photography exhibition project covers the period from 1891 to 1991 and simultaneously constitutes an encyclopedia of Russian life of that era. The exhibition consists of 10 sections that include 250 works of prominent Russian photographers, both pre-revolutionary and Soviet. Almost all the photos represent typical images of certain eras, the most recognisable portraits of writers and poets, from Lev Tolstoy to Vladimir Mayakovsky; the most important milestones of the USSR history that used to be printed on the covers of the leading magazines and now comprise the golden archive of Soviet photography. The history of their creation is inseparable from the history of our country which is represented at the exhibition by the most famous photos. The basics of photography selected by curators will be interesting both for professionals and amateurs.

Russian constructivists

By the end of the 19th century, due to the fast development of photographic equipment, heavy cameras were replaced with light portable devices, the quality of which was equal to that of modern professional equipment. A person with a camera became able to register the events and heroes of current history. Along with the new opportunities of reportage photography, photographers of the 20th century appreciated the potential of a new art featuring its own expressive means and rich artistic language.

The exhibition opens with the section dedicated to the most vivid and replicated shots by Russian constructivists, first of all – Alexandr Rodchenko and his followers.

Pictorial school

They opposed the prominent masters of the Russian pictorial school, who tended to make photography closer to painting: Alexander Grinberg, Yury Eremin, Nikolay Svishchev-Paola, Nikolay Andreev, and others. One of the main sections of the exhibition is dedicated to pre-revolutionary photos by Maxim Dmitriev, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, Karl and Victor Bulla, and many other artists.

War and Peace

Works by Eugene Khaldey, Samary Gurary, Anatoly Garanin, Emmanuil Evzerikhin, and other famous military correspondents comprise the section dedicated to the photo chronicle of the Great Patriotic War.

The post-war term is represented by works of famous photographers of the 1960s Vsevolod Tarasevich, Dmitri Baltermants, Alexander Abaza, Lev Borodulin, and Vladimir Lagranzh, as well as the leading photographers of 1970–1980s: Alexander Lapin, Victor Ershov, Yury Rybchinsky, Vladimir Sokolaev, and Vladimir Vorobiev.

Collapse of the Soviet Union

The final section of the project dedicated to the important historical milestone, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rise of modern Russia, includes works by Igor Mukhin, Andrey Bezukladnikov, Sergey Borisov, and Sergey Chilikov.

Organisers of the exhibition express gratitude to the project partners, the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum, the Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography, as well as collectors and heirs for their help in preparation of the exhibition.

DATES: December 2, 2016 – March 12, 2017.
TIMING: daily except Monday, from 11:00 till 22:00
VENUE: pavilion #15 “Radio Electronics”
COST: 300 rubles