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Selected news about graphic design, photography, film studies and media & interaction design for CV students at ECAL (Lausanne, Switzerland)
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Soviet Photomontage 1920s-1930s

Soviet Photomontage 1920s-1930s | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Soviet Photomontage 1920s-1930s, on view at Nailya Alexander Gallery in New York, features collages and photomontages by the leading figures of the post-revolutionary Soviet avant-garde, including Petr Galadzhev, Gustav Klutsis, Alexander Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Solomon Telingater, Alexei Ushin, Konstantin Vialov, and Alexander Zhitomirsky. Working in the fields of illustration, typography, and book, poster, and textile design, these artists pioneered powerful narrative tools and a new graphic language that continue to influence visual culture today.

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The gory and grotesque art of Soviet antireligious propaganda

The gory and grotesque art of Soviet antireligious propaganda | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

 The images below are from the Soviet anti-religious magazine, Bezbozhnik, which translates to “Atheist” or “The Godless.” It ran from 1922 to 1941, and its daily edition, “The Godless at the Workplace,” ran from 1923 to 1931. The scathing publication was founded by the League of Militant Atheists, an organization of the Soviet Communist Party members, members of its youth league, workers and veterans, so while it was in many ways a party project, it was not state-sponsored satire.

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Abandoned Soviet architecture photographed by Rebecca Litchfield

Abandoned Soviet architecture photographed by Rebecca Litchfield | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Rebecca Litchfield has toured former Soviet countries to photograph the once-monumental structures around the Eastern Bloc that have fallen into decay.

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Julia Borissova: DOM (Document. Object. Model)

Julia Borissova: DOM (Document. Object. Model) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

These photographs are the third part of my series "DOM (Document. Object. Model)". I worked on it since the beginning of 2013. I constructed interiors using some details from the past - the 60s, this period called in Russia "thaw." I didn't aim to create a realistic image, but rather the opposite, I was attracted by the opportunity to reflect on my interpretation of the time, which only mildly touched me and I can recall only the sun's rays through the curtains, the sound of the tram in the early morning and the smell of snow, and my mum in the mirror when she was still doing hairstyle with hairpins.

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Photos of a Young Russian Family That Sparked Outrage

Photos of a Young Russian Family That Sparked Outrage | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Irina Popova’s project began with an assignment to photograph “feelings.” Shortly thereafter, Popova ran into Lilya, a young punk woman, outside of an underground club close to St. Petersburg, Russia. After striking up a conversation with Lilya, who appeared to be inebriated and pushing her young daughter, Anfisa, in a stroller, Popova took some photographs of the mother and daughter. The two hit it off, and Popova was invited back to the apartment Lilya and Anfisa shared with Pasha, Lilya’s longtime boyfriend and Anfisa’s father. This started what would ultimately become Popova’s book, Another Family.

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Beyond Sochi

Beyond Sochi | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Beyond Sochi" is a publication born out of photographer Thomas Dworzak and writer William Dunbar's exploration of Sochi against the backdrop of the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. What began as a National Geographic commission in 2012 became an ebook and an unconventionally packaged version of Dworzak and Dunbar's exploration of the region's complexities: The games as Putin's pet project, the forgotten Circassian Genocide, the Islamic terror threat, revival of aggressive Russian nationalism, the occupied Georgian territory of Abkhazia, hundreds of thousands of Georgian IDPs, etc.  Published just days before the opening ceremonies, "Beyond Sochi" both sets the table for a story and is a story in itself.

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The Sochi Project

The Sochi Project | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Sochi is the Florida of Russia, but cheaper. It is famous for its subtropical vegetation, hotels and sanatoria. People from all over the Soviet Union associate the coastal city with beach holidays and first loves. The smell of sunscreen, sweat, alcohol and roasting meat pervades the air. Nothing happens here in the winter. But that's about to change. The Winter Games are coming to town.

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The Sochi Project

The Sochi Project | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

“Winter Olympics in a subtropical resort. Surrounded by conflict zones. The most expensive Games ever. This is the idea being realized in Sochi.” So begins “An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus,” a photo book, published by Aperture, by the photographer Rob Hornstra and the writer Arnold van Bruggen, the final chapter of their long-term collaboration, The Sochi Project.

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Who Knew Photos From Soviet-Era Russia Could Look So Happy?

Who Knew Photos From Soviet-Era Russia Could Look So Happy? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

It would be difficult to guess Sergey Chilikov’s photographs are a product of repressive, Soviet-era Russia. Sergey Chilikov: Selected Works 1978–, published by Schilt Publishing at the end of 2011 is brimming with Chilikov’s relatively unknown work covering the span of his career, from the 1970s through the late 2000s.

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Retro Propaganda Posters From Russia's Space Program

Retro Propaganda Posters From Russia's Space Program | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Over 60 years the Soviet space program was responsible for a number of pioneering accomplishments in space flight, many of which are still referenced and celebrated today. Those include the very first intercontinental ballistic missile (1957), space satellite (Sputnik-1), animal in space (a dog called Laika on Sputnik 2), human in space (the world famous cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1) and obviously first Moon impact (Luna 2).

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Conceptual and Monochrome Photographs by Leo Bugaev

Conceptual and Monochrome Photographs by Leo Bugaev | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Leo is a photographer from Russia who sets his mind on photographing images that are not merely images, but have some form of concept to them. Whether the images are commercial, nude, or anything else, he wishes that there be a story, a concept behind each one of them, and not be purely formal in concept.

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Watch: Revisit The Cinema Of Andrei Tarkovsky With Video Essay 'Life As A Reflection

Watch: Revisit The Cinema Of Andrei Tarkovsky With Video Essay 'Life As A Reflection | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Slow and meditative, and tackling weightier themes that touch upon the spiritual, the metaphysical, and the nature of dreams and memory, the cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky may not be for everyone, particularly in this age of blockbusters. But for the discerning cinephile, looking for greater depth and meaning in the form, there are few whose works are more rewarding.

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Russia Convicts Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

Russia Convicts Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Find out why Westerners are up in arms over Russia's conviction and 20-year sentencing of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, on terror charges.

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Beautiful paintings of the drunkards and typists of the Russian ballet

Beautiful paintings of the drunkards and typists of the Russian ballet | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

We’re no ballet aficionados, but we wouldn’t usually associate drunkards, typists and factory workers with the grace and poise of the discipline. However, as these beautiful gouache painting by Tatiana Bruni show, there’s much more to ballet than tutus and swan lake, with her angular figures, bold colours and sometimes grotesquely postured characters. The paintings show costume designs for Dmitri Shostakovich’s 1931 ballet The Bolt, and are going on show at London’s Gallery for Russian Arts and Design alongside a series of period photographs.

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Mikhail Mishainik reveals the wonders of Russia's salt mines

Mikhail Mishainik reveals the wonders of Russia's salt mines | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Mikhail Mishainik demonstrates this perfectly with his images of Russian salt mines, which he managed to capture by venturing 650-feet below the city of Yekaterinburg, Russia. Spotted over at HUH Magazine, the naturally psychedelic mines are stunning with floor to ceiling swirls of earthy browns and oranges, interspersed with greens and rusty purples.

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Russian Empire & Soviet Cinema: The Silent Era - Movie List

Russian Empire & Soviet Cinema: The Silent Era - Movie List | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Cinema of the Russian Empire (1896-1917)

Revolution and Civil War (1917-1922)

Cinema of the Soviet Union: Silent Era (1922-1935)

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A Flag in Berlin: Yevgeny Khaldei's Wartime Photographs

A Flag in Berlin: Yevgeny Khaldei's Wartime Photographs | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Soviet photographer Yevgeny Khaldei worked for the Tass news agency between 1935 and 1948, and for Pravda from 1959 to 1976. As Michael Specter wrote in Photo Booth last year, Khaldei “photographed every Soviet leader from Stalin to Yeltsin, and he documented the plight of Shostakovich as he struggled through the Siege of Leningrad. Khaldei, a Jew, (purged twice) photographed other Jews as they were liberated from the ghetto of Budapest. Then he ripped the yellow Stars of David from their chests. His picture of Hermann Göring gives form to the idea of evil.”

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GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (London) — Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen

GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design (London) — Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

GRAD: Gallery for Russian Arts and Design in collaboration with Antikbar is pleased to present ‘Kino/Film: Soviet Posters of the Silent Screen’. As the UK/Russia year of culture begins, this exciting exhibition examines the golden age of Soviet film posters and is co-curated by Elena Sudakova, director of GRAD, and film critic and art historian Lutz Becker.

To see until 29 March 2014.

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Alexander Khokhlov photography

Alexander Khokhlov photography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

I discovered photography in 2007 and the first thing I had been impressed was live photography. In the end of 2008 everything changed when I became interested in fashion and beauty photo. It was the time of studies - courses and master classes, coming up with own ideas and organizing my first shootings. I like to work with people but not only for their entity. Everybody is a field for experiments and I don't know what would be next. My lovely life Veronica always gives me inspiration for the new ideas and projects.

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Inside the Rainbow: Gorgeous Vintage Russian Children’s Book Illustrations from the 1920s-1930s

Inside the Rainbow: Gorgeous Vintage Russian Children’s Book Illustrations from the 1920s-1930s | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

 Inside the Rainbow: Beautiful Books, Terrible Times(public library), edited by Julian Rothensteinand Olga Budashevskaya, collects the most vibrant masterpieces of Russian children’s literature from the short but pivotal period between 1920 and 1935 — a time-capsule of the ambitious aesthetic and imaginative ideology that burned bright for a few brief moments before the onset of communism cast down its uniform grayness.

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Underground Soviet Union: Photographs by artists blacklisted by Communists show a side of Russia that we have never seen before

Underground Soviet Union: Photographs by artists blacklisted by Communists show a side of Russia that we have never seen before | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

A collection of more than 800 pictures taken by photographers living and working ‘underground’ in the former Soviet Union will give a rare glimpse into every day life.

The private American collection, divided into 156 lots, is set to sell at auction for an estimated £891,600 as Russian photography continues to become  increasingly collectible.

The photographs, taken from 1959 to 2004, give a fascinating peek at daily life in the USSR from the photographic lenses of many artists operating beneath the radar of the Soviet government to document ordinary life in an experimental and avant-garde way.

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20 Photographs Of A St. Petersburg Seldom Seen

20 Photographs Of A St. Petersburg Seldom Seen | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
Photographer Alexander Petrosyan has lived in St. Petersburg for more than 35 years, and he sees Russia’s second city with a keen insider’s eye.
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Spewing volcano: A photographer's delight in far Eastern Russia

Spewing volcano: A photographer's delight in far Eastern Russia | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Tourists were caught on camera standing near the edge of an erupting volcano, posing for pictures near the edge of the world: the desolate Kamchatka Peninsula in far Eastern Russia.

Two lava river streams have formed, one traveling more than 4 miles and a second more than 11 miles. It’s the first eruption for the Plosky in more than 35 years and is a fissure eruption, the type, according to the website Air Pano, known as “touristic eruptions” that are relatively low danger and provide the photogenic beauty of flowing lava rivers.

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Surreal Photography by Katerina Plotnikova

Surreal Photography by Katerina Plotnikova | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Welcome to the magical land of Katerina Plotnikova. Her photography conjures up dreams of serenity and gentleness in her surreal like settings. Based in Moscow, Katerina only discovered her interest in photography 5 years ago. Since then she has been on a mission to capture her wildest imaginations through the lens.

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