Thursday, March 22, 2018

rodchencko's amazing constructivist photography

stairs, 1930

Rodchenko was influenced by Beardsley and later became a Futurist. He digested the work of Vladimir Tatlin and Malevich. Soon enough he was a Constructivist pioneer.

 miakovsky, 1923

Rodchenko wants to achieve pictorial and sculptural quality through purely abstract means. He wants to separate out the components of each image:
and the work's physical support,


 woman with leika, 1924

Rodchenko's Constructivism focuses on the tangible and material aspects of art, and its experimental spirit is encouraged by a belief that art had to match the revolutionary transformation taking place in politics and society.


electric tower, 1920s

lylia brik, 1924

Since the 1920s Rodchenko switches to photography in an attempt to find new media more appropriate to his goal of serving the revolution. Inititally he used montage, then pictures and text, but later started taking pictures himself and evolved a personal aesthetic:
1- unconventional angles,
2- abruptly cropped compositions,
3- stark contrasts of light and shadow.

His work in photomontage and photography ultimately made an important contribution to European photography in the 1920s.

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