Alexander Rodchenko

Visual Artist

1891 – 1956

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Who was Alexander Rodchenko?

Aleksander Mikhailovich Rodchenko was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design; he was married to the artist Varvara Stepanova.

Rodchenko was one of the most versatile Constructivist and Productivist artists to emerge after the Russian Revolution. He worked as a painter and graphic designer before turning to photomontage and photography. His photography was socially engaged, formally innovative, and opposed to a painterly aesthetic. Concerned with the need for analytical-documentary photo series, he often shot his subjects from odd angles—usually high above or down below—to shock the viewer and to postpone recognition. He wrote: "One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key-hole again and again."

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Born
Dec 5, 1891
Saint Petersburg
Also known as
  • Aleksandr Rodchenko
Nationality
  • Russia
  • Russian Empire
Profession
Employment
  • SVOMAS
Lived in
  • Saint Petersburg
Died
Dec 3, 1956
Moscow

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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