Jan 3, 2014
Jan 3, 2014

At the Telephone

At the Telephone


Alexander Rodchenko

(Russian, 1891-1956)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 13.8 x 8.9 cm (5 7/16 x 3 1/2 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 2007.146



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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