Photography

Rodchenko, Alexander (1891 - 1956)

The Russian artist abandoned his Constructivist painting when he joined the Productivist group and turned himself to graphic design. Influenced by the photomontages of the German Dadaists, Alexander Rodchenko decided  to begin his own experiments  eager to ‘take some quite incredible photographs that have never been taken before… pictures which are simple and complex at the same time, which will amaze and overwhelm people. I must achieve this so that photography can begin to be considered a form of art.’  Innovative and inspired by his painter’s eye, he produced analytical and abstract images that eliminated superficial details and emphasized movement and dynamic angles. He often shot his subjects from odd angles, from high above or low below to disturb viewers and turn real objects into abstract forms and modernist compositions. In the 1930s, Alexander Rodchenko changed his style to follow the Soviet Party’s aesthetic and concentrated on sports and parades, abandoning his avant-garde art for politic matters.

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Alexander Rodchenko, Caricature showing Osip Brik, variant of a cover for LEF Magazine, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Caricature showing Osip Brik, variant of a cover for LEF Magazine, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Column of Dynamo Sports Society, 1935
Alexander Rodchenko, Column of Dynamo Sports Society, 1935
Alexander Rodchenko, Cover of the book
Alexander Rodchenko, Cover of the book "About That" by Vladimir Mayakovski, 1923
Alexander Rodchenko, Fire Escape, with a man, date unknown
Alexander Rodchenko, Fire Escape, with a man, date unknown
Alexander Rodchenko, Girl with a Leica, 1934
Alexander Rodchenko, Girl with a Leica, 1934
Alexander Rodchenko, Lily Brik, Portrait for the
Alexander Rodchenko, Lily Brik, Portrait for the "'Knigi" poster, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Morning Exercises, Student Campus in Lefortovo, 1932
Alexander Rodchenko, Morning Exercises, Student Campus in Lefortovo, 1932
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of the Artist's Mother, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Rad, from series Sports Parade on Red Square, 1936
Alexander Rodchenko, Rad, from series Sports Parade on Red Square, 1936
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Tochter Warwara, 1929
Alexander Rodchenko, Portrait of Tochter Warwara, 1929
Alexander Rodchenko, Spatial Collage, Mena Wsech, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Spatial Collage, Mena Wsech, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower, 1929
Alexander Rodchenko, Shukhov Tower, 1929
Alexander Rodchenko, Social Kunst 8 - Photomontage, 1932
Alexander Rodchenko, Social Kunst 8 - Photomontage, 1932
Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1930
Alexander Rodchenko, Stairs, 1930
Alexander Rodchenko, Young Gliders, Sketch of a double page for the magazine
Alexander Rodchenko, Young Gliders, Sketch of a double page for the magazine "USSR in Construction", 1933
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