Moscow: Goskinoizdat, 1939. Item #848
136 pp.: ill. 22,5x15 cm. In original cloth binding with lettering on the front cover. Very good condition. The book is coming from the library of the editorial board of the Soviet Photo (Sovetskoe foto) magazine (stamp of the editorial board on p.3, 17.
Inscribed by author on the title page to Sergei Shimanskiy (1898-1976) one of the best Ukrainain photographers of 1920s-1930s, one of the creators of Kharkiv photography factory FED in 1927, the photographer of ‘USSR in Construction’, TASS (including during the war chronicle) and VSKHV.
First and only edition. One of 2600 copies. Rare.
This is the first guide for photo editors in the Soviet Union. In the late 1930s, the number of outstanding Soviet photographers worked on stating art of socialist photography. In addition to the obvious innovations in presenting depicted objects, their works were notable because of the close connection with ideology. The author wrote: “Despite the genre and topic of shooting, the photojournalist should always remember ... all newspaper photographs are the pieces of propaganda”. And they were effective the only way when the picture editors knew the photographer’s craft.
To the well-coordinated work of the picture editors, this manual contains the composition basics, illustrated with photographs by well-known masters like Ignatovich, Shaikhet, Brodsky and others. The examples are published with commentaries in captions. The author explains what camera equipment need to use and how to organize the photo laboratory, what kinds of photo illustrations the editors may print, which of them are better than others and how to arrange photographs among the text pieces. The bibliography is published at the end of the book.
The separate section is dedicated to photomontage, author points out 3 ways of creating photo-montage picture and includes the checklist on how one could know the quality of photo-montage.
Worldcat shows the copies in Library of Congress, Princeton University and New York Public Library.