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Mark Markov Grinberg (Russian b. 1907- )

Rare are those photographers who witnessed and documented change throughout the twentieth century. Jewish-born Mark Markov Grinberg chronicled the shifting cultural landscape within Russia. Beginning in the 1920s, he photographed leading figures such as poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, Maxim Gorky, and Bernard Shaw. He worked with other artists from the avant-garde including Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova. Assignments throughout the country also allowed him to distill the special histories of everyday people. Often he lived and worked with his subjects, not unlike the documentary photographers of the U.S. Farm Security Administration. His photographic works reveal the modern epoch beyond reportage, through life and subjects, with uncommon vision.

Selected Bibliography
Bendavid-Val, Leah. Propaganda and Dreams. Stemmle Publishers, 1999.

Yates, Steve. "Coal and the Roses: Mark Grinberg's Cultural Landscape Across the 20th Century." Russia Magazine, 1998.


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