Leningrad: Leningradskaia Pravda, 1932. Item #845
80 pp.: ill. 15,5x23 cm. In original photomontage wrappers. Near fine, neatly restored.
One of 15000 copies.
Extremely rare. One of the main books on constructivist architecture of Leningrad.
The book is the lesser known masterpiece of constructivist design, with multiple photomontage illustrations, the variations of fonts and uneven layouts. The designer responsible is Leningrad-based Nikolai Muratov (1908-1992), who is better known for his caricatures in 1930s and anti-fascist posters during the war. Photographs are taken by Semen Magaziner (1886-1940), the classic of Leningrad photography, in 1912 he became the first person to bird’s eye view photos of St. Petersburg .
This edition shows the process of Leningrad becoming the socialist city. The phenomenon of the socialist city itself intended to be the collective living area which made daily pursuits easier and safer because everything was well-organized and based on the technical progress. Called after the first party leader, Leningrad was one of the key cities in industrialization changes. The city dwellers obtained the kitchen factories with mechanized bakery-machines and dishwashers, mechanized laundries, bathhouses, new schools, kindergartens and nurseries. The systems of water supply and filtering, sewerage, electric power and gas supply were organized as well as the new areas for leisure time.
All changes are neatly put in order one by one, reflected in the text and photographs. Also, the book gained the constructivist-style laconic chapters, some of them are named ‘The City Wants to Drink’, ‘Leningrad Is Having Lunch’, ‘The City Transport Outdrives the Industry’.
Worldcat doesn’t track this edition.