Avant-gardist of the Constructivism Epoch [1920-1930]

"The epoch of Ignatovich saw photographs acquire a language of their own, an artistic expressiveness of their own. The revolution in Russia swept away the bourgeois order and the bourgeois aesthetic. The builders of a new society needed their own language and idols. On this great, fast-moving wave of art rose Mayakovsky, Rodchenko, Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Deineka, El Lissitsky, and others. More accurately, they made this art. Boris Ignatovich made photography" Valerii Stigneev
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Boris Pasternak and Korney Chukovskiy, 1935.  Pasternak and Chukovskiy, seen here in the hall of the 7th Komsomol Conference, in the Hall of Columns at the House of Soviets, Moscow. The two were friends and neighbors at their summer houses in Peredelkino.

Boris Pasternak and Korney Chukovskiy, 1935. Pasternak and Chukovskiy, seen here in the hall of the 7th Komsomol Conference, in the Hall of Columns at the House of Soviets, Moscow. The two were friends and neighbors at their summer houses in Peredelkino.

Moslem woman, 1939. View onto Bazaar Street through the fortress gate. Baku constructivism. Palace of the Press Azerneshr building, by architect S. Pen. Baku, Azerbaidjan.

Moslem woman, 1939. View onto Bazaar Street through the fortress gate. Baku constructivism. Palace of the Press Azerneshr building, by architect S. Pen. Baku, Azerbaidjan.

St. Isaac's cathedral on Vorovskii Square, 1931. The cathedral has the status of a museum. Its church association, registered in 1991, conducts services on certain days of the week with the permission of the museum administration.

St. Isaac's cathedral on Vorovskii Square, 1931. The cathedral has the status of a museum. Its church association, registered in 1991, conducts services on certain days of the week with the permission of the museum administration.

The Bakhmet'ev garage. Moscow, 1933. Roof of the bus park garage, built in 1927 to the design of architect Konstantin Mel'nikov and Vladimir Shukhov to house Leyland buses from England.

The Bakhmet'ev garage. Moscow, 1933. Roof of the bus park garage, built in 1927 to the design of architect Konstantin Mel'nikov and Vladimir Shukhov to house Leyland buses from England.

Tea­ drinking at Ramenskoye, 1928. Three bearded men at a village tea shack with a copy of the Bednota (Poor Folk) newspaper. On the table are Russian pretzels, snacks, and decorated tea pots. Ramenskoye, Moscow region.

Tea­ drinking at Ramenskoye, 1928. Three bearded men at a village tea shack with a copy of the Bednota (Poor Folk) newspaper. On the table are Russian pretzels, snacks, and decorated tea pots. Ramenskoye, Moscow region.

Shower, 1935.

Shower, 1935.

Automobile transfer, 1938. Constructivist-style Red Army health retreat named after Voroshilov, a project of Stalin's personal architect, Miron Merzhanov. It won a Grand Prix award at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937. Sochi, Krasnodar region.

Automobile transfer, 1938. Constructivist-style Red Army health retreat named after Voroshilov, a project of Stalin's personal architect, Miron Merzhanov. It won a Grand Prix award at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1937. Sochi, Krasnodar region.

Restaurant veranda on Mount Mtatsminda, 1938. On Holy Mountain are the Church of Saint David Mamadaviti, the necropolis and pantheon of social activists, and the tomb of the writer Alexander Griboedov. Tbilisi, Georgia.

Restaurant veranda on Mount Mtatsminda, 1938. On Holy Mountain are the Church of Saint David Mamadaviti, the necropolis and pantheon of social activists, and the tomb of the writer Alexander Griboedov. Tbilisi, Georgia.

May 1st. Red Square, 1927. Moscow, Russia.

May 1st. Red Square, 1927. Moscow, Russia.

Shock worker, 1929. Frezer factory, Moscow.

Shock worker, 1929. Frezer factory, Moscow.

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