Founded in 2001 by Natalia Grigorieva-Litvinskaya and Eduard Litvinsky, The Lumiere Brothers Gallery is one of the oldest galleries in Moscow, which specializes in photography. The gallery presents works by celebrated Soviet constructivists and reporters from the 1930s. The gallery has reintroduced and promoted the work of photographers from the Khrushchev Thaw and was one of the first galleries to collaborate with artists from the Lithuanian school of photography.
The gallery presents the classic work of Soviet constructivist photographers: Boris Ignatovich, Jakov Khalip, Mikhail Prekhner, whose techniques – unconventional angles, tilted horizons, stark contrasts of light and shadow – reveal the influence of their teacher and associate Alexander Rodchenko and recall the formal experiments of Moholy-Nagy Laszlo and the New Objectivity group led by Albert Renger-Patzsch.
The photography of Stalin’s era presented by the gallery encompasses socialist realism work by celebrated Soviet reporters such as Mark Markov-Grinberg, Emmanuil Evzerikhin, Arkady Shaikhet; architectural photography with iconic views of cityscapes, pioneered by the chronicler of Moscow life Naum Granovsky; and reports from battlefronts by war correspondents such as Alexander Ustinov and Robert Diament.
The gallery has been at the forefront of reintroducing and promoting the work of major photographers of the Khrushchev Thaw of the 1960s and 1970s: Yuri Krivonosov, Yuriy Abramochkin, Lev Borodulin, Vladimir Lagrange, Igor Gavrilov, Lev Sherstennikov, Vladimir Bogdanov, Nina Sviridova, Dmitry Vozdvizhensky, Igor Gnevashev and others who, inspired by postwar optimism and liberal reforms, revived straight reportage and gave a fresh impetus to artistic photography, to which they were introduced in photographic clubs spread across the USSR. The gallery presents works by Romualdas Požerskis, a representative of the Lithuanian school, which stood out against Soviet photography due to its distinctive national aesthetic and techniques – the use of wide angle lenses, close-ups, and sharp contrasts.
Postwar European and American art is represented by reporters of the golden age of photojournalism: Steve Schapiro, Ruth Orkin and Sabine Weiss, artists who pushed the boundaries of photography in both their choice of subject and technique, noted for their unmanipulated self-portraits in landscape.
The gallery's Russian contemporary artists encompass a variety of styles which have appeared in Russian photography during the last three decades, including the underground artist from the 1980s Sergey Borisov, conceptualist Vadim Guschin whose simple forms and abstract composition are rooted in the Russian avant-garde tradition, one of the fathers of the St Petersburg school of photography Alexander Kitaev and contemporary architectural photographers Vladimir Antoschenkov, admirer of the St Petersburg school, and Igor Palmin, centered on the exploration of Moscow modernism.
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