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The Formation of Socialist Realist Photography
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“Staging Happiness” showcases the unique phenomenon of socialist realist photography not only demonstrating the political propaganda for which it is best known but also exploring its artistic value. Socialist realism produced incomparably powerful symbolism and mythology, glorifying achievements of the new Soviet state and idealizing the socialist lifestyle.
The exhibition includes works from the 1930s by both famous
and lesser-known (in the West) Soviet photographers like Alexander Rodchenko,
Akrady Shaikhet, Boris Ignatovich, Yakov Khalip, Max Penson, Mikhail Grachev,
Georgy Petrusov and Sergey Shimansky.
The exhibition will run through December 22, 2004.
Nailya Alexander Gallery is located at 24 W 57th Street, #501, New York,
Photos and text courtesy Nailya Alexander Gallery, NYC
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