Great Photographs from Private Collections.
Russian Photography 1849-1918.
Text by Pavel Khoroshilov and Aleksey Loginov. Introduction by Vladimir Levashov.
Trefoil Press, Moscow, In English and, 2006. 176 pp., 264 illustrations, 11½x9".
Many of the most important photographs that mark major stages in the development of Russian and world photography are in private collections and, for all practical purposes, inaccessible. Today, previously unseen links in the chain of development of Russian and world photography are now available. This volume features 132 unique photos shot between the 1840s and 1918, representing a vital complement to the photographic holdings of state museums, archives and libraries.
Rising interest in the visual arts at the turn of the new century has reshaped the study of Russian photography. Its character as art and thus the individuality of the photographer and of his work again hold pride of place. The aesthetics of photographic images treasured as historical documents have regained a rightful priority. In this perspective, Ivan Boldyrev is less the inventor of celluloid film than he is the father of romantic photo reportage in Russia; Gavril Ryumin is not merely an aristocratic officer serving with the expedition of Grand Duke Nikolai Mikhailovich but one of the most significant figures of European photography of his time; and William Carrick is not merely a documentarian and ethnographer but, most importantly, an artist whose principles of composition are surprisingly close to those of early Soviet photography.
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