May 23rd, 2016

Unsung Masters of Russian Photography, part 1

Portrait of Leo Tolstoy by Sergey Lvovich Levitsky. 1856.

Today, I’m beginning a new series of posts dedicated to masters of Russian and Soviet photography, Though most of these names will be known to specialists, they are generally not familiar to the general public, especially in countries outside Russia. I will be emphasizing lesser-known photographers, people like Levitsky and Bulla, not Rodchenko and El Lissitzky, who between them boast dozens of serious monographic studies.

The point is to share the immense wealth of Russian photographic art with a broad audience and, at the same time, to ask why the photographers I’ll be covering here are not better known.

The journey begins. Stay posted.