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Masterpieces of Soviet Photography
Pioneer Girl – not mounted Shickler stamp on verso 24.4 x 17.9 cm
Museum series portfolio 2, plate 23 of portfolio AP, edition of 30

Masterpieces of Soviet Photography

Max Alpert » Dimitry Baltermants » Lev Borodulin » Jewgeni Chaldej » Semyon Fridlyand » Mikhail Grachev » Samary Gurary » Boris Ignatovich » Yakov Khalip » Alexander Khlebnikov » Mark Markov-Grinberg » Vladislav Mikosha » Alexander Rodchenko » Yakov Ryumkin » Ivan Shagin » Igor Snegirev » Nikolai Svishov-Paola » & others

Exhibition: – 27 Nov 2018

Thu 1 Nov 18:00

Atlas Gallery

49 Dorset Street
W1U 7NF London

+44 (0)20-72244192


Mon-Fri 10-18 . Sat 11-17

Masterpieces of Soviet Photography
Morning exercise, 1937, printed in 50-60s (after the war print)
Signature by Mikosha, stamp of Borodulin Collection, and annotated by Lev Borodulin on verso
23.8 x 37.8 cm

Atlas Gallery is pleased to present Masterpieces of Soviet Photography, a selection of photographs from the collection of celebrated sports photographer Lev Borodulin, known for his artistic images of athletes, skaters and swimmers.

Masterpieces of Soviet Photography reflects Borodulin’s long-lasting quest to collect and preserve images from a time when art was restricted to serve a Soviet socialist agenda. The photographs Borodulin collected over decades now constitute one of the largest collections of Soviet photography in the world and include prints by the greatest masters working in the medium such as Arkady Shaikhet, Yakov Khalip, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Boris Ignatovich and many others.

Masterpieces of Soviet Photography
Banner of Victory, Berlin, May 1945
Signature of E. Khaldey and stamp of Ogoniok magazine on verso 23 x 28.2 cm

Borodulin began collecting during the early days following the end of the Second World War when he was asked to create a photo chronicle of battles fought by his former regiment. What started as a hobby became a lifelong passion. The collection grew as Borodulin continued to make friends with and acquire the work of famous military photojournalists such as Max Alpert and Dmitry Baltermants whom he shared a small darkroom with at Ogonyok, the Russian version of Life magazine in the 1950s.

Borodulin emigrated from Russia to Israel in 1972 to live in Tel Aviv but frequently returned to his homeland to rescue prints offered to him by insolvent picture archives and by photographers’ families no longer able to care for such artistically and historically important work. The collection was added to by his son, Aleksander Borodulin, also a prominent photographer, and has been exhibited worldwide including the Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow and the Belarusian State Museum of the Great Patriotic War.

Masterpieces of Soviet Photography
Height, 1929
Old print
Stamp of Archive Известия on verso 18.2 x 12.5 cm
Masterpieces of Soviet Photography
Diver – mounted
Shickler stamp on verso 24.2 x 18.2 cm
Museum series portfolio 1, plate 25 of portfolio 27, edition of 35
Masterpieces of Soviet Photography
Yuri Gagarin, April, 1961
Vintage print
Stamp of Directorate of International Photo Exhibitions, SSOD on verso 34.7 x 25.3 cm