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Review: Soviet Photography of 1970s-80s at the Zimmerli Museum

Posted By Administration, Friday, January 22, 2010
Updated: Thursday, December 19, 2013

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 Party propaganda.

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 aware.

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.

Read the complete review in The New York Times.

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