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Alexander Rodchenko
Revolution in photography
Julia B., April 21, 2008
Alexander Rodchenko_Alexandre Chevtchenko, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko_Alexandre Chevtchenko, 1924
 
Also involved in the film world, Rodchenko shot a newsreel series directed by Dziga Vertov, originally called Kino-Pravda and later called One-sixth of the World, which was begun in 1922. Between 1927 and 1930 he was "constructor-artist" of the films The Woman Journalist, Moscow in October, Albidum, The Puppet Millionaire and What Shall I be?. He also directed the documentary The Chemicalization of the Forest. Seemingly unlimited in his versatility, Rodchenko was also involved in theater, designing the costumes and props for Glebov's Pendulum and The Bed Bug in 1929, and was one of Russia's foremost painters, collagists and poster artists. A Constructivist, Rodchenko was one of the earliest photo-collagists. Some of his favorite themes were sports, the circus, festive processions and the Soviet way of life. He successfully experimented with close-up photography, and "the lens of his camera discovered objects of unusual architecture, rhythm, and plasticity" in objects removed from their usual surroundings. "The viewer who sees only a study in the picture of the glass jug illuminated from behind fails to appreciate the masterly composition, the noble purity of the lines, the rich plasticity of the form and consequently also the poetry and beauty of the picture, and still more important, its specifically photographic qualities" (Karginov, Rodchenko).

Alexander Rodchenko_Fille au Leica, Variantes, 1934
Alexander Rodchenko_Fille au Leica, Variantes, 1934
 
Alexander Rodchenko_Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1924
Alexander Rodchenko_Vladimir Mayakovsky, 1924
 
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