American visitors to "Four Perspectives Through the
Lens: Soviet Art Photography in the 1970s-1980s," an exhibition at the
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, may be surprised to discover that
photography was not officially considered art in the former Soviet
Union. It was regarded as a documentary tool at the service of Communist
Oddly, because of its outsider status,
photography remained largely unregulated and uncensored. Soviet
nonconformist artists made extremely clever, inventive use of the
medium, crafting images that were formally experimental and socially
The Zimmerli exhibition presents a selection of about 70 images by four
important artists working in photography in the two decades before the
fall of Communism.
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