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The Soviet Photobook 1920- 1941

Heiting, Manfred

Code 3460
Publisher: Steidl


The Soviet Union is unique in its formidable and dynamic use of the illustrated book as a means of propaganda. Through the book, the USSR articulated its totalitarian ideologies and its absolute power in an unprecedented way-through avant-garde writing and radical artistic design that was in full flower during the 1920s and '30s. No other country, nation, government, or political system promoted by members of the avant-garde. Among them were writers like Semion Kirsanov, Vladimir Mayakovsky, Ilya Selvinsky, Sergei Tretyakov, and Kornely Zelinsky; Artistic designers like Gustav Klutsis, Valentina Kulagina, El Lissitzky, Sergei Senkin, Varvara Stepanova, Solomon Telingater and Nikolai Troshin; And photographers including Dmitry Debabov,

The Soviet Photobook 1920-1941 presents 160 of the most stunning and elaborately produced photobooks from this period and includes more than 400 additional reference illustrations. The book also provides short biographies of the photobook contributors, some of which are presented here for the first time.


"The [...] book, published by Manfred Heiting , gives an overview of 165 individual works arranged in 17 chapters [...], which may have been very important, but today they are very rare and practical in Western countries So the richly spread material of reproductions is invaluable, for the books presented will normally be seen either not at all or only in great difficulty. " Thomas Wiegand , kasseler fotoforum

Edited by Manfred Heiting
636 pages, 1860 images
Four-color process
26.6 x 28.8 cm
ISBN 978-3-95829-031-0
1. Edition 09/2015