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At the Telephone
At the Telephone
Gelatin silver print
Image: 13.8 x 8.9 cm (5 7/16 x 3 1/2 in.)
John L. Severance Fund 2007.146
Art © Estate of Alexander Rodchenko/RAO, Moscow /VAGA, New York, NY
This photograph was part of a series commissioned to accompany a magazine article enumerating the steps in producing a newspaper. Rodchenko’s images emphasize women’s participation, such as this messenger phoning the editorial office with information for a story. "We must revolutionize our visual reasoning," Rodchenko urged photographers. "Photograph from all viewpoints except ‘from the belly button,’ until they all become acceptable. And the most interesting viewpoints today are those from above down, and from below up and their diagonals." Rodchenko was one of the most important figures in Russian Constructivism, a modernist movement that expressed revolutionary political content through new, equally radical visual approaches.
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