Exhibit on Early Soviet Photography Examines Creative Change


Arkady Shaikhet. Express, 1939. Gelatin silver print. Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York. Artwork © Estate of Arkady Shaikhet, courtesy of Nailya Alexander Gallery

Image used with permission from the Frist Center.

On February 7th, an exhibit portraying a curation of early Soviet photography will leave the Jewish Museum here in New York and then make its way to the Frist Center for Visual Arts in Nashville, TN. The exhibit, called “The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film” features images created during the time of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution through the 1930s. It not only features photographs though, there are also 12 feature length films, periodicals, and even those really cool and interesting Russian cameras.

The content ultimately examines how photography/motion picture art was used to disseminate Communist ideology, but also “how the compelling, message-laced work from this period energized and expanded the potential of photography and film.” according to the description. For anyone that has studied history, you’re probably aware that Hitler did the same thing–as did America during the war efforts in WWII. Later on, photography would be used to stop wars.

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