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January 7, 2006
Yuri Eremin. Summer. 1926
Currently on exhibit at the Gilbert Collection in London, Quiet Resistance: Russian Pictorial Photography, 1900-1930s explores the Russian pictorial movement in the first years after the October revolution of 1917. The collection consists of some 100 photographs and includes work from Alexander Rodchenko, Alexander Grinberg, Yury Yeremin, Nikolai Andreev, Nikolai Svishchov-Paola and others. Quiet Resistance, for the first time, brings together photos by Russian masters from the same period and provides an extraordinary opportunity for visitors to explore an aspect of Russian photography that has been overlooked until now.
"The pictorial trend in Russian photography strove to approximate photography to painting, using mainly 'soft' lenses and special, often very sophisticated, printing techniques. Pictorial photography challenged documentary shots and, just like painting, sought to convey the emotional side of things, and to express the individual senses and meanings implied by the artist in his work."
Vassili Ulitin. Boats at low tide, 1926