21 February 2010

Alexander Rodchenko

My photo class visited the Alexander Rodchenko exposition at Foam. Rodchenko started as a painter and graphic designer. Because he was convinced that photography was the future, he started to take photographs.

I was impressed by his photo montages of his early days. Rodchenko cut out pieces of people or artifacts and put them together to form a new picture. Later, he used unusual perspectives to break free from the usual photos made from the waist level. In 1928 Rodchenko stopped painting and bought a Leica. This small camera enabled him to experiment with unusual viewpoints. Lines going diagonal through the frame play an important role in his photos.

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