The world through the eyes of talented Soviet photographers. Photo


The famous Soviet photographers.

Soviet postwar photo, even drawing inspiration from the works of predecessors and being bounded by certain ideological framework, however, found ways to circumvent the taboo and sought out new, more appropriate to the spirit of the time plots. Pathos gave way to sincerity, the quotient became more interesting to photographers nation-wide, street photography was destined to dominate the reportage, although preserved the tradition of experimental and staged photo. Vnutrisosudistye era gave way to the weakening of the authoritarian power of the state allowed the authors to move in before taboo directions: from surrealism to eroticism.
Gymnasts. Olga Korbut, Lyubov Burda, Elvira Saadi and Lyubov Bogdanova, 1973

Gymnasts, 1980

Installers. Construction of the mill 3600. The Plant Azovstal. Zhdanov, 1973

World championship Speedway, 1975

Rails Azovstal, 1972

In the arena of Yuri Nikulin. Moscow. Circus wheel drive.Boulevard, 1974

Necklace of the river, 1964

Harvesting potatoes, 1970s

Nicholas Cornet (1907-1979)

So it was that Nicholas cornet, a classic of social realism, the former “senior companion” to the galaxy of post-war photographers, anticipated appearance after a long break, a new wave of photographers Nude. “New apartment” has received recognition and at the same time was subject to sanctions by the Ministry of culture, which, however, did not stop her to acquire cult status. Together with “Dogulyalis” they are the hallmark of Nicholas Cornet.

New apartment, 1959

Dogulyalis, 1960

At the candy factory, 1952

Valery Plotnikov (1943-…)

Valery Plotnikov has specialized in portraiture, which soon made him a full-time chronicler of the capital’s Bohemians. He photographed all of the undisputed stars like Mikhalkov, Vladimir Vysotsky, download the film son and Pugacheva, he was invited to cover for vnutrivenno “party” visits the visiting titans Director like Antonioni or make family photos for your acting/singing dynasty. Approach Plotnikova is not formal, democratically allowed to show his characters not just the glossy idols, but the living, real people.

Alla Pugacheva and Kristina Orbakaite

Alexander Baryshnikov

Michelangelo Antonioni surrounded by Soviet Bohemia

Nikita Mikhalkov

Nikolai Karachentsov

Georgy Paradjanov

Vladimir Vysotsky

Innokenty Smoktunovsky

Yevgeny Umnov (1919-1975)

The old school classic of Soviet photojournalism, with a small head shot, recovering after the great Patriotic the country, its construction and parades, but became famous in the first place as the Soviet Edgar Degas – making pictures of ballerinas. Even the majestic Maya Plisetskaya eclipsed a simple story about ballerinas at the counter of the buffet, which has become one of the most recognizable images of the era.
A scene from the ballet “Swan lake”. Grand theatre, 1950s

Untitled, 1950s

The construction of the main building of Moscow state University. Left with a camera by the correspondent Yakov Khalip, 1951

The festival, 1957

Swans. Artist of the Bolshoi theater of the USSR in the cafeteria of the Kremlin Palace of congresses, 1963

Spring Bazaar, may 1, 1947

The view of Red square with Vasilevsky descent, on 7 November 1946

Valdis Browns (1945-…)

Latvia, like other Baltic republics was considered the area of relative freedom, allowed their natives a little more daring experiments. After the eroticism and free love of the 1920s Soviet art took a vow of celibacy, against which gently but boldly made photographers like Valdis Brauns, departing from traditional pastoral scenes.

Happy rain, 1977

Wilhelm Mikhailovsky (1942-2018)

Latvian, like Browns, Michael went to his experiments even further and it is not in the presence of a modest Nude, but the attraction to surrealist compositions, supported by a skillful montage, complex stories with philosophical references. The work of Michael is very contrast with the background of Soviet photography and even capturing almost existential subjects is left to the attentive viewer additional semantic translation.

Morning for my girl, 1975

“Apocalypse III”, photos from photos from the author’s collection Humanus, 1982

From the author’s collection of Homo Soveticus

The origins, 1975

How are you going, man?, 1969

Series Humanus. Inspiration, 1978

Reconstruction VII of the author’s series Humanus, 1976

Vladimir Lagrange (1939-…)

Unconditional Klassik Vladimir Lagrange was one of the flagships of the optimistic trends in reportage and street photography, equidistant from the emerging critical realism and socialist realism, with its obligatory dogmatism. Heroes Lagrange was often the most immediate, generous with emotions age categories: children, Teens, youth. Sincerity, wit, and nice light humor distinguish his work.

Young ballerinas, 1962

What kind of dancing without the accordion?, 1983

Strada 1973

The goalkeeper, 1961

Hairstyle, Hale, 1963

Serenade, 1962

Snow battle, 1968

Solfege, 1968

The twist, 1964

Igor Gnevashev (1936-2016)

Igor Gnevashev – one of the most famous fotoletopistsev film managed to work with Andrei Tarkovsky, Vasily Shukshin, Danelia (often playing, by the way, the role of the second plan). Thus, it is not alien was succinct and apt sketches “from nature”: from dreamy to sharp social.


Vakhtang Kikabidze Giorgi Danelia, Frunzik Mkrtchyan

Vasily Shukshin

Anatoly Solonitsyn

Dancing at summer camp


Father and son

Nina Sviridov (1933-2008) and Dmitry Vozdvizhensky (1942-2005)

Union Nina Sviridov and Dmitry Vozdvizhensky is a unique phenomenon. The husband and wife were able to merge not only their civil, but also the artistic lives together. Accented by apolitical, far from politicization cheerfulness their photos abounds. Lovers, newlyweds and children are not only logically closes the circle, but the main themes of the spouses. Care in the choice of subjects and easy to handle with the various techniques of shooting are the hallmark of creativity Nina Sviridov and Dmitry Vozdvizhensky.

I have such a character

Hutsul Madonna

Two, 1973

At toy fair, 1964

Operating room nurse, 1973

At the monument. Moscow, 1970

Good mood, 1972

Seagull 1975

Sergei Vasiliev (1939-…)

Life remaining provincial, Vasilyev has managed to become world-renowned for the warmth and sincerity of their shots. For the simplicity and sincerity of it was forgiven at first glance, taboo naked bodies. The human body for Sergei Vasiliev was Renaissance beautiful and so he was not just looking for nudity as such, but the nudity is justified in the artistic intent. However, not a single nudity – photographer no less delicately treated with every story he met, even quite prosaic.

On stage, the winner of Ilmensky festival of bard songs Oleg Mityaev, 1978-1979

Eduard Dogs (1932-…)

Eduard Dogs is the representative not so popular now but very important for contemporary society the profession of political photojournalist. In the lens visited half of the General secretaries of the USSR and other statesmen of smaller rank. But Dogs would be so interesting and meaningful if off with a boring Protocol images. He owns the photos arbiters of the fate of the world, sometimes caught in a very informal setting.

Leonid Brezhnev and Gerald Ford

Mikhail Gorbachev during a meeting with residents of Leningrad, 17 may 1985

The U.S. President’s wife Patricia Nixon tries ice cream during his stay in the USSR, 1972

Loss, 1964

Yuri Abramochkin (1936-2018)

Yuri Abramochkin is a classic of the Soviet photo, in a good “system”, continues the tradition of the older generation of photographers master. The social realism as he is: the great people of the era (politicians, astronauts, artists), working people (the shepherds, construction workers, fishermen), happy the younger generation (children, where without them). It would seem that it was all filmed and shot not once, but that is the skill of the photographer to look uncomplicated fresh perspective on raging river of the cycle of life.

The crew, 1980

Yuri Gagarin

Vladimir Vysotsky

Gueorgui Pinkhassov (1952-…)

Despite the fact that the only domestic representative of the Agency Magnum became well-known images that appeared in the 1990s, he was spotted in the West on the sunset of the Soviet era. Having worked as a photographer at the film-makers Tarkovsky, Pinkhasov went in the free swimming, holding gaze on scenes of home, almost frivolous, but outstanding and sometimes disturbing premonition of the coming collapse of a superpower.

Sergey Borisov (1947-…)

Like Valery Plotnikov, Sergei Borisov became a painter, Bohemian, but different – unofficial. In the lens reflected as in a prism, the updated Restructuring creative life. His “models” was Viktor Tsoy, Vyacheslav Butusov, Motley Crue and many others of the then culture. However, it was not foreign to the author and psychological-existential well-aimed sketches.

Kalashnikov, 1985

Motley Crue, August 12-13, 1989

Group Movie, 1984

Vyacheslav Butusov, 1986-1989

Glasnost and Perestroika, 1986

Mikhail Boyarsky. Meeting at Isaac, 1982

Yuri Ivanov (1939-…)

Yuri Ivanov of those photographers most of the photos which is human history. Here are two twins, not saying a word gave birth in one day, that country girl, came out recently jerked Chernobyl, and now, the final moment of the Soviet Union opened, the only one of the photographers. Most of the stories of the master is associated with the life of the native of Belarus. Reportage photo by Yury Ivanov asks the audience excitedly wanting to tell him the different stories: amazing, joyful, tragic…

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Andrei Voznesensky, Antiworlds, 1960

Twins, Minsk, 1967

BelAZ Minsk, 1980

Yulia Vancura from the village Chudyany that near Chernobyl, 1986

The Soviet Union collapsed, Bialowieza forest, Viskuli, 1991


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