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Max Alpert (Russian, 1899-1980)

Max Alpert moved to Moscow after three years in the Red Army and began a career working for state publications. In 1929, he photographed the construction of a steelworks plant in Magnitogaisk, resulting in "Giant and Builder," his series on the life of steelworker Viktor Kolmykow. Alpert helped produce "Twenty-Four Hours in the Life of the Filippov Family," a photography exhibition that toured Vienna, Prague, and Berlin in 1931. From 1941 to 1945, Alpert was a war correspondent and photographer at the Russian Front for the TASS news agency. His works show an intuitive eye for design and human events beyond their propagandistic purpose. -
- Anne Strader

Selected Bibliography
Walker, Ursitti and McGinnis. Photo Manifesto: Contemporary Photography in the USSR. New York: Stewart, Tabori and Chang, 1991.

Grigory Chudakov, 20 Soviet Photographers 1917-1940. Amsterdam: Fiolet & Draaijer Interphoto, 1990: 36-45; and Pioneers of Soviet Photography. New York and London: Thames and Hudson, 1983: 14, 19, 21, 24, 249, 250

The Utopian Dream: Photography in Soviet Russia 1918-1939. New York: Laurence Miller Gallery, 1992: 19, 23, 31, 34, 39, 48, 51.


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