The Evocative Photos Of Aleksandr Rodchenko, Who Changed The Way We …


Before Stalin-era Soviet restrictions on artistic expression turned Aleksandr Rodchenko’s work into a paean to Communism, the legendary Russian artist revolutionized photography. “We have a duty to experiment” was his motto, turning away from a century of “introspective” photography.

With his Leica in hand, Rodchenko spent the 1920s creating daring experiments with perspective; he photographed with an outward focus and unusual points of view, framing the images with bold, oblique cuts. He lived through radical changes in his home country and ended up sparking radical change in his chosen art form.

Born in St. Petersburg in 1891, Rodchenko saw the end of the Tsarist empire, greeted the coming of Lenin, and witnessed the Stalinist purges. As the son of a turbulent generation, he could not be anything but turbulent himself. While his initial work during the 1910s and

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