Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday for Photography: Alexander Rodschenko

Alexander Rodschenko- The Stairs (1930)
Alexander Roschenko (1891-1956) was first a painter, but in the 1920's he believed photography could surpass painting in representing the reality. This change was influenced by the Russian Revolution of 1917.

For his photos he always looked for pattern and lines. He would always frame them from up above or down below. It gives the captured reality a sense of abstraction and therefore look strange.
The stairs with the woman also reminds of the movie 'Battleship Pottemkin' by Sergei Eisenstein, both were part of the style Constructivism and in service of the Bolshevik government. 

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