Protest for women’s suffrage, 1917
Revolutionary meeting in Moscow’s Red Square, n.d. [1917?]
Columns of the Museum of Revolution, 1926 [from the portfolio published in 1992]
Turn of the Street Car Line, 1932 [from the portfolio published in 1992]
Vladimir Mayakovsky; Aleksandr Rodchenko
Pro eto. Ei i mne, Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo, 1923
Gustav Klutsis, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Sergei Senkin
Molodaia Gvardiia. Leninu, Moscow: Molodaia gvardiia, 1924 [inside page]
N. Dokuchaev, Pavel Pavel; El Lissitzky
Arkhitektura wkhutemas. Raboty arkhitekturnogo fakulteta wkhutemasa 1920-1927, Moscow: Wkhutemas, 1927
Katalog des Sowjet-Pavillions auf der Internationalen Presse-Austellung. Köln 1928, Koln: Komitee des Sowjet-Pavillions auf der Internationalen Presse-Austellung, 1928 [cover and inside pages]
SSSR na stroike / USSR in Construction / URSS en construction / USSR im Bau, n.º 1 de 1930 a n.º 12 de 1949 [complete set], Moscow/Leningrad: several publishing houses, 1930-1949 [selection]
Semen Kirsanov; Solomon Telingater
Slovo predostabliaetsa Kirsanovu, Moscow: Gosudarstvennoe izdatelstvo, 1930
Vasilii Kamenskii; R. Bor
Iunost Maiakovskogo, Tbilisi: Zakkniga, 1931
Vladimir Mayakovsky; Varvara Stepanova
Groznyi smekh. Okna ROSTA, Moscow/Leningrad: Khudozhestvennaia literatura, 1932 [inside pages]
Fedor Rodinov; El Lissitzky
Raboche Krest’ianskaia Armiia, Moscow: OGIZ-IZOGIZ, 1934 [inside pages]
Industriia sotsializma. Tiazhelaia promyshlennost’k VII vsesoiuznomu s’ezdy sovetov, Moscow: Stroim, 1935 [cover and contents]
V. Shklovskii; A. Rodchenko, V. Stepanova, N. Zhukov, S. Kovanko
Moskva Rekonstruiruetsya, Moscow: IZOSTAT, 1938 [cover and inside pages]
The Archivo Lafuente collection ‘Soviet photography, photomontage and photobooks’ is formed of over 800 photographs and related material: negatives, postcards and cameras. The images (dating from between 1917 and 1972) are fundamental to understanding Russian history in the first half of the twentieth century: the Revolution, avant-garde artistic experimentation, Stalinist industrialisation policies and agricultural collectivisation, the First World War and its repercussions, everyday life in the Soviet Union and the image that the regime wanted to convey are just some of the themes depicted.
A significant proportion of the photographs are signed, having been captioned by their creators with detailed textual information on the places in which they were taken, the people photographed or the circumstances that are documented.
Within the collection the works of Aleksander Rodchenko and Yevgeny Khaldei are joined by other exponents of Soviet photography from the time, such as Max Alpert, Dmitri Baltermants, Boris Ignatovich, El Lissitzky, Arkady Shishkin and Georgi Zelma.
In addition to this, the collection also includes a series of photobooks and photomontages; that is, the photographic publications used by the authorities once they had realised that they were more effective in reaching the masses in a country with a high rate of illiteracy. Of particular note in this section are copies of the magazines USSR in Construction and SSSR na stroike (designed by Lissitzky, Rodchenko and Stepanova, with photographs by Rodchenko himself and Max Alpert) and legendary titles, such as Dlia golosa (1923), by Mayakovsky and Lissitzky; Pro eto. Ei i mne (1923), by Mayakovsky and Rodchenko; and the work of Malevich and Lissitzky, O novykh systemakh v iskusstve: Statika i skorost (1919).