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"The Soviet Photobook 1920–1941" presents 160 of the most stunning and elaborately produced photobooks from after the October Revolution to the beginning of the Second World War. It includes more than 400 additional reference illustrations. The book also provides short biographies of the photobook contributors, some of whom are presented here for the first time.
The Soviet Union was unique in its formidable and dynamic use of the illustrated book as a means of propaganda. Through the book, the U.S.S.R. articulated its totalitarian ideologies and expressed its absolute power in an unprecedented way—through avant-garde writing and radical artistic design that was in full flower during the 1920s and ’30s. No other country, nation, government or political system promoted itself more by attracting and employing acclaimed members of the avant-garde. Among them were writers like Semion Kirsanov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Ilya Selvinsky, Sergei Tretyakov and Kornely Zelinsky; artistic designers like Gustav Klutsis, Valentina Kulagina, El Lissitzky, Sergei Senkin, Varvara Stepanova, Solomon Telingater and Nikolai Troshin; and photographers including Dmitry Debabov, Vladimir Griuntal, Boris Ignatovich, Alexander Khlebnikov, Yeleazar Langman, Alexander Rodchenko, Georgy Petrusov—not to mention many of the best printers and book binders.
About the Author:
Mikhail Karasik (b. 1953) is an artist, publisher, curator of numerous exhibitions of artist books, as well as the author of books and articles on the history of the Soviet photobook and the Russian avantgarde culture of the early twentieth century. Karasik is one of the leading creators of artists’ booksin Russia and internationally. His works are held in the collections of major museums and libraries including the Russian State Museum, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Centre Pompidou, the British Library, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Gutenberg-Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Getty Research Institute and the Art Institute of Chicago. Karasik lives in Saint Petersburg.
Published in September 2015 by Steidl Verlag
Edited by Manfred Heiting
636 Pages, English
26.6 x 28.8 cm