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The State Publishing House of Graphic Arts, Moscow 1935 - np (44pp), profusely illustrated in monochrome gravure. Designed by Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova. Text in English. "USSR in Construction (SSSR na Stroike)" was published monthly in five separate languages (Russian, English, German, French and Spanish) from 1930 to 1941, and again briefly in 1949. Conceived in the wake of the first Five Year Plan, the graphically striking journal was meant to promote the image of Russia at home and abroad as an agriculturally and industrially sophisticated nation. Its first issue announced "The rapid growth of Socialist construction in the Soviet Union is evoking great interest in foreign countries. The State Publishing House of the RSFSR has therefore conceived the idea to publish a special illustrated magazine "The USSR in Construction" reflecting the colossal construction now taking place in the Soviet Union. The State Publishing House has chosen the photo as a method to illustrate socialist construction, for the photo speaks much more convincingly in many cases than even the most brilliantly written article". Its editorial board included Maxim Gorky, Mikhail Kholtsov, and Editor in Chief G. Piatakov. Employing many talented Soviet photographers, artists and graphic designers (including El Lissitzky, Alexander Rodchenko, Gustav Klutsis, Valentina Kulagina, and Varvara Stepanova), it set a new standard for industrial photography and Constructivist photomontage in the service of Stalinist propaganda. This English language version of the eleventh installment for 1935 (The Eighteenth Year of the Revolution!) is devoted to "The Fifteenth Anniversary of Kazakhstan" and features a spectacular design with overlays by Rodchenko and Stepanova utilizing photographs by Eleazar Langman and D. Shulkin, and maps by M. Malyutin. A crisp, beautifully preserved copy of this important periodical (cited on pages 226-227 of Horacio Fernandez' "Fotografia Publica: Photography in Print 1919-1939" and throughout pages 143-183 of Robert Lebeck and Bodo Von Dewitz' "Kiosk: A History of Photojournalism") showing just the slightest bit of wear and creasing along the extremities along with the neat stamp of Seattle's Workers Bookshop in ink on the rear cover. PLEASE NOTE: Additional shipping costs are required for this item beyond our standard rates due to its value - we will inform you of the applicable amount at time of purchase. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Arcana: Books on the Arts]
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