The history of the Leningrad school of painting covers the period from the early 1930s to the early 1990s. Having emerged in an atmosphere of intense struggle over the development of art and art education in the USSR, it became the missing link, thanks to which in the 20th century the traditions of national art school and realistic painting were preserved and developed.
Having made a significant contribution to the Soviet visual arts, to the formation of the aesthetic views and spiritual world of modern generations, the Leningrad school left the stage at the turn of 80-90, fulfilling its historical and artistic mission and giving way to the era of transition.
Its main external attributes are preserved. The Academy of Arts, once again changing its name, continues to prepare painters, graphic artists, architects, sculptors, restorers. Continue reading
Can you imagine a world without street photography? Think of the legacy that Duano, Cartier-Bresson and the lesser-known pioneers of this genre have left for the future generations to enjoy. We can all play a role in documenting the world around us.
One of the most common concerns associated with taking pictures of street genre is a feeling of invading people’s privacy. This is understandable, but all problems can be solved by following the simple rules of respect.
Remember some of the postulates and you will never have problems when shooting on the street. Continue reading
American photojournalist Alfred Eisenstadt is known for his numerous and very talented reportage shots, primarily for Life magazine. Having given over to the profession for more than 70 years, he took many photos in which world leaders pose in an informal setting, and passersby and citizens reveal their characters in their familiar environment.
Alfred Eisenstadt (© Alfred Eisenstaedt) filmed Winston Churchill and Sophia Loren, made reports from the Nobel Prize and the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. His models were almost all the famous writers of the twentieth century: William Somerset Maugham, Bernard Shaw, Ernest Hemingway, who during the photo shoot got terribly angry at the meticulous photographer and almost threw him out of his boat. Eisenstadt was then in danger, but he risked much more during the press conference of Josef Goebbels when the Nazi minister found out that he was being shot by people of Jewish descent. Continue reading