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Magazine cover by El Lissitzky "URSS en Construction, No. 8." ([Moscow]: Oghis-Isoghis, Ao¹t 1935)
Swann Galleries - New York
Courtesy of Swann Galleries (Auction, "Important Photograms & Photobooks", Dec 9, 2010, #2233, Lot 313)
La Dix-HuitÞme Année de la Révolution. Illustrated with bold reproductions of nationalistic photographs, employing photomontage, graphic overlay and striking color. Folio, printed pictorial stapled wrappers. Parr/Badger I 148. first french edition.
Aimed at an international audience, USSR in Construction employed the best designers and photographers, including Max Alpert, Georgi Zeima, Georgi Shaikhet, El Lissitzky, Sophie Kuppers and Alexander Rodchenko. The prototype for many propagandist publications to come, this publication employed, by Stalin's decree, photography as a purveyor of truth, and as a means of disseminating the Soviet state narrative.