by PYATAKOV, G.L. (editor-in-chief); SKURIKHIN, A[natoly] (photographs)
Moscow: State Publishing House of Graphic Arts, 1935. First Edition. Well-preserved issue of this landmark Soviet art magazine, issued from 1930 to 1941 to celebrate the achievements of the first two Five Year Plans and (through various foreign-language editions) to propagandize the stark contrast between the vibrant Soviet economy during this period and the stagnation of Western economies under capitalism. "All the visual strategies of the propaganda photobooks, designed by Lissitsky, Rodchenko and others...were developed in USSR in Construction, one of the most beautifully produced magazines of the twentieth century" (Parr-Badger, The Photobook, I:148).The present issue is devoted to coverage of the Kuzbass, or Kuznetsk Basin, in southwestern Siberia - one of the largest coal mining areas in the world. The entire issue is a celebration of Soviet industrial might, focusing on coal production and miners. The highlight of the issue is the centerfold, featuring a magnificent 12-panel spread over fold-out plates, with photographs by Anatoly Skurikhin. Folio (41.75cm); printed wrappers, stapled; illus.; text is in English. Light wear to spine fold and extremities, with a few small nicks and a shallow chip to lower right corner of front wrapper; Very Good+. (Inventory #: 31089)
The history, literature, and art of American social movements, including Civil Rights, Feminism, Labor History, Radical Politics, and Counterculture.
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