URSS en Construction
El LISSITZKY. URSS en Construction. Number devoted to the Soviet Navy. Year 20, No. 1. 44 pp. Folio, bound in original wrappers. Moscow: Editions d'Etat des Beaux-Arts, 1937.
Apart from the wear to the top of the front wrapper, a fine copy of a typical issue of this landmark periodical, this one devoted to the Soviet Navy. As Martin Parr says, "from 1930-1940 URSS en Construction employed the best Soviet photo-journalists and graphic designers. Amongst the photographers were Max Alpert, Arkadi Shaikhet, Georgi Zeima, Boris Ignatovich, Semen Fridland and Georgi Shaikhet. Designers included El Lissitzky, Sophie Kueppers, Aleksandr Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova, and Nikolai Troshin who designed this issue and over forty others. All the visual strategies of the propaganda photobooks, designed by Lissitzky, Rodchenko and others -- the elaborate photomontages, innovative photography, fold-out pages, transparent overlays and so on -- were developed in URSS en Construction, one of the most beautifully produced magazines of the twentieth century." It was published in Russian, French, English and German. This is the French version. Wrappers with slight edgewear, else in fine condition.
Parr and Badger, The Photobook I, 148-149.
Item nr. 128754