© Alexander Rodchenko e Stepanova archives Moscow
© Alexander Rodchenko e Stepanova archives Moscow
© Alexander Rodchenko e Stepanova archives Moscow

ALEXANDER RODCHENKO

Alexander Mikhailovich Rodchenko was born in 1891 in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rodchenko experienced the influence of Kazimir Malevich, Vladimir Tatlin, Wassily Kandisky, and other artists working in abstract style. He was the student and assistant of Vladimir Tatlin, and his work was initially influenced by Cubism and Cubo-Futurism. Since the 20’s and 30’s the Soviet regime used his images and the intellectual genius of Mayakovsky to generate all kinds of artistic propaganda such as posters, ads, books and literature. His innovative photographic work revolutionized the art of still pictures; he used his camera like a drawing instrument. He mastered the use of photo-montage, odd angles, wide frames and photo series. His way of taking pictures from unusual and obscured viewpoints and exploring the potential of shadows, opened new dimensions in photo-art. Rodchenko shot his subjects from high above or below angles, to shock the viewer and to postpone recognition. From the late 1930’s to the end of his life he was forced to quit photographic activity because of the paranoia of Stalinist censorship. He lived in povertà and obscurity for the last twenty years of his life and died in 1956 in Moscow. Photology has been representing Alexander Rodchenko (works available for sale) since 2006 with a travelling retrospective in Milan, Rome, Bologna, Torino and Naples.