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Yakov Khalip (Russian, 1908-1980)

After settling in Moscow in 1921, Yakov Khalip studied cinematography where he graduated as a cameraman and became a still photographer for the soviet journals Pravda, Isvestia, and Kransaya Niva. Besides documenting social change, he often collaborated with his friends, avant-garde artists Alexander Rodchenko and Varvara Stepanova. His photographs were often included in their graphic designs for the printed page. During the 1940s, Khalip served at the front as a correspondent in World War II and continued documentary working for USSR in Construction, Ogonyok, Smena, and later for Sovietsky Soyuz.

Grigory Chudakov, 20 Soviet Photographers 1917-1940. Amsterdam: Fiolet & Draaijer Interphoto, 1990.

Grigory Chudakov, Pioneers of Soviet Photography. New York and London: Thames and Hudson, 1983.

The Utopian Dream: Photography in Soviet Russia 1918-1939. New York: Laurence Miller Gallery.


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