Moscow: Moskovskii rabochii, 1928. Item #1099
80 pp.: ill. 17x13 cm. In original constructivist wrappers. Water stains on outer margin of the front cover and the first leaves, slightly rubbed, otherwise very good and clean copy.
One of 4000 copies. Very rare with no copies in Worldcat.
Striking cover design was produced by artist Grigory Miller (1898-1963). A graduate of VKhUTEMAS, he was inseverably tied with Soviet theater art of the 1920-1940s, contributing to design of theater magazines, Meyerhold students’ performances, as well as stagings of the oldest professional Romani theater ‘Romen’. His innovative costume designs were staged in Pedagogical Theater and then were included in a short-lived edition with the same title dedicated to uncommon approaches of this early Soviet children’s institution. The cover of this brochure features an optical phenomenon of сamera obscura as the basics of photography. Miller used a classic constructivist principle of rotating image with lettering and drew geometrical figures resembling his theatrical designs.
This insight into photography is an early work by physicist Alexander Predvoditelev (1891-1973). His main (and late) works related to combustion processes, molecular physics, hydrodynamics, heat physics, and others. In this work, he analyzed photography as a tool of science. Reviewing each process, Predvoditelev gave some tips for beginners and explained how photography was used in contemporary medicine and science.
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