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Alpert, M.; A. Smolyan (Photographs by); M. Gorky; A. Holzmann; G. Grinko; T. Enukidze; I. Ionov et al. (Editorial board)
The USSR In Construction No. 1, January 1932: Magnetostroi, the Giant and the Builder
Publishing House of the RSFSR, Moscow, 1932. Elephant Folio (16 1/2 x 11 3/4"). Unpaginated, 38pp. Original illustrated wrappers with red, black and white lettering on front cover, protected by modern mylar. With an introduction by P. Valliant-Couturier. Photo sketches by M. Alpert and A. Smolyan. Compositions and cover by N. Troshin. "USSR in Construction" was a stunning photographic propaganda magazine published in the Soviet Union from 1930 to 1941, and briefly in 1949. It was published in Russian, French, English, German, with a Spanish-language edition added in 1938. The magazine's self-proclaimed aim was to "reflect in photography the whole scope and variety of the construction work now going on the USSR." It was conceived and designed to be an important foreign relations tool and to portray a positive image of the developments occurring in the Soviet Union to the rest of the world. "USSR in Construction" informed readers abroad of the rapid construction and industrialization taking place within the Soviet Union and depicted the nation as a leading industrial power. From a design perspective, the magazine was a fascinating example of early 20th-century photomontage, with its recurrent use of inserts, and spectacular fold-out pages. The method of printing used for the printing was rotogravure, a type of intaglio printing process, in order to create extremely high quality duotone images. Edited by Maxim Gorki, the magazine attracted renown artists like Alpert, Lissitzky, Stepanova, Rodchenko, among others to contribute to the magazine. This issue is devoted to Magetostr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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