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Yakov Khalip: <EM>The Watch,</EM> 1937
Yakov Khalip: The Watch, 1937
Soviet Photo
MOSCOW  •  The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography  •  14 May - 6 September 2015

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography marks its 5th anniversary by an exhibition that spans the history of Soviet and Russian photography of the 20th century as seen through the magazine Soviet Photo.

Soviet Photo was the most popular periodical on photography in the USSR with the focus both on professional and amateur photography. During its lifetime from 1926 until 1997, the magazine documented key figures of the photographic life of the country. Despite obvious governmental control over the magazine, it managed to become a flexible enough and virtually single platform for thorough discussion of photography, held by key art historians, critics, professional photographers and – not least importantly - amateurs from all over the union. Soviet Photo also published leading scientists’ articles, covering technical aspects and details of photographic process. Among theorist who contributed to the magazine at varying times were Ilya Ehrenburg, Viktor Shklovsky, Lev Anninsky, Sergey Morozov, L. Volkov-Lannit, Anry Vartanov, Valery Stigneev, among others.

Following the logic of the magazine, that was for a long time subtitled as “the magazine of photo reportage and amateur photography”, the exhibition focuses on the history and convergence of these two movements. The photo reportage section features seminal and rare prints of the leading Russian photographers from the collection of The Lumiere Center. Marking as well the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the exhibition features war photography that was repeatedly printed in the magazine and became classic war photography images. Key editorials and articles from Soviet Photo introduce the unprecedented phenomenon of soviet amateur photography with its emergence at Leningrad Photo club in Vyborg Palace of Culture, peak at Moscow photo club Novator and subsequent evolution in the regions and soviet republics (Kazan, Chelyabinsk, Lithuania, Latvia, etc).

The exhibition invites to engage into the discussion on Soviet and Russian photography of the 1920s-1990s, to gain insight into the aesthetic and subject-related diversity of photography of the time, which in an extraordinary manner manifested itself through the magazine. The anniversary exhibition features vintage photographs from The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography collection, photographs from private collections, magazine covers and key editorials.

The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography Website

Contact: The Lumiere Brothers Center for Photography
Bolotnaya embankment 3, bld. 1
119072 Moscow
Tel: (7) 495 228 98 78

Events in Dance

<P><EM>Anna Karenina</EM>Mariinsky II (New Theatre)</P>

Anna Karenina
Mariinsky II (New Theatre)

Anna Karenina
SAINT-PETERSBURG  •  Mariinsky II (New Theatre)  •  30 September - 1 October 2015

Anna Karenina
Ballet in two acts after the novel by Lev Tolstoy
Music by Rodion Shchedrin
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Musical Director: Valery Gergiev
Set and Costumes by Mikael Melbye
Video Graphics Designer: Wendall Harrington
Lighting Designer: Jørn Melin
Dramatic concept by Martin Tulinius

Alexei Repnikov, conductor

Anna Karenina: Ulyana Lopatkina
Alexei Karenin: Viktor Baranov
Count Vronsky: Yuri Smekalov
Princess Shcherbatskaya (Kitty): Svetlana Ivanova
Stepan Oblonsky (Steve): Dmitry Pykhachov
Daria Oblonskaya (Dolly): Xenia Ostreikovskaya
Konstantin Levin: Alexei Timofeyev
Princess Betsy: Alexandra Iosifidi

Mariinsky II (New Theatre) Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Mariinsky II (New Theatre)
St Petersburg
Tel: (7) 812 326 4141

Events in Opera

<EM>The Queen of Spades</EM>Mariinsky II (New Theatre)
The Queen of Spades
Mariinsky II (New Theatre)
The Queen of Spades: By Pyotr Tchaikovsky
ST PETERSBURG  •  Mariinsky II (New Theatre)  •  25 September - 15 November 2015

Piotr Tchaikovsky; The Queen of Spades
opera in three acts
performed in Russian (the performance will have synchronised English supertitles)

Conductor: Valery Gergiev
Herman: Maxim Aksenov
Count Tomsky: Roman Burdenko
Prince Eletsky: Vladislav Sulimsky
The Countess: Elena Vitman
Liza: Irina Churilova
Polina: tba

Mariinsky II (New Theatre) Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Mariinsky II (New Theatre)
St Petersburg
Tel: (7) 812 326 4141

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