10647 PAGES TODAY    

[1891 – 1956] Soviet graphic artist, sculptor, painter and photographer
Contradictions of perspective. Contrasts of light. Contrasts of form. Points of view impossible to achieve in drawing and painting. Foreshortenings with a strong distortion of the objects, with a crude handling of matter. Moments altogether new, never seen before... compositions whose boldness outstrips the imagination of painters... Then the creation of those instants which do not exist, contrived by means of photomontage. The negative transmits altogether new stimuli to the sentient mind and eye. - Alexander Rodchenko

Photography has all the rights, and all the merits, necessary for us to turn towards it as the art of our time. - Alexander Rodchenko - German Karginov, Rodtchenko, Editions du Chene, Paris, 1977

In order to educate man to a new longing, everyday familiar objects must be shown to him with totally unexpected perspectives and in unexpected situations. New objects should be depicted from different sides in order to provide a complete impression of the object. - Alexander Rodchenko

Don’t try to capture a man in one synthetic portrait, but rather in lots of snapshots taken at different times and in different circumstances. - Alexander Rodchenko, Photography Year 1980, LIFE Library of Photography , Page: 32

The viewer who sees only a study in the picture of the glass jug illuminated from behind fails to appreciate the masterly composition, the noble purity of the lines, the rich plasticity of the form and consequently also the poetry and beauty of the picture, and still more important, its specifically photographic qualities. - Alexander Rodchenko
Send the Quote in Email

One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key-hole again and again. - Alexander Rodchenko

Every photo group knows what to photograph; but how to photograph only a few know. A worker photographed as if he was Christ or an aristocrat, a working girl as if a Madonna are eloquent examples of what not to do. To state it more clearly we must find a new aesthetic (do not be afraid of the word aesthetic). Let us look for and find a forward-looking enthusiasm to present our new Socialist reality by photography.
The shot of a newly-built factory is not a simple object but a source of pride and joy in the industrialization of our country and that is what we must show – the “how” of photography. To do this we are duty bound to experiment. To photograph simple facts, just as describing them simply; that is nothing new and in that is the harm. Painting can cover up the simply portrayed fact, just as writing can cover up the simply described fact. So you, you worshippers of facts do not describe them so simply. This, comrades you quickly forget, who of the right and who is of the left.
He is not “Lef” who merely photographs facts, but he who fights against a “la Art” photographs with photography of the highest quality. And for this experimentation is necessary, even to the point of ‘Stankovisation’ of the profession. What is ‘Stankovised’ photograph ? Such a term is really non-existent, but think about it; it could be experimental photography. Do not learn theoretically, ignoring the advice of practical workers. Abstract theories for practitioners were invented by the aesthetic theoretician – they are an enormous danger.
- Alexander Rodchenko - ‘Warning’, “Novy Lef” No. 11, 1928. [cited in: “Creative Camera International Year Book 1978”, Coo Press, London, 1977, p. 228 – 229]

<< PREVIOUS  .  HOME  .  NEXT >>

Leave Comments

Recommend this site
to your friend