Max Penson: Photographer Of The Uzbek Avant-Garde 1920S-1940S
From 1924 the Russian photojournalist Max Penson (1893 - 1959) travelled through his adoptive homeland of Uzbekistan as a reporter
His photographs offer insight into a time when the country was loosening its centuries-old traditions and was confronted with a new political and social structure
Like no other photographer of his generation Max Penson documented the radical changes of a country that was only just being liberated from medieval social structures
Max Penson was a photographer between tradition and revolution
Max Penson, a contemporary of the artist Alexander Rodtschenko and a friend of the film director Sergej Eisenstein, left behind a unique documentation of these changes
The awakening from this fairytale began just at the time when Max Penson was on the road with his camera, transmitting the upheaval of this ancient culture in fascinating photo reportages
These photographs, discovered three years ago in an attic and shown for the first time in this publication, come from the photographer’s so far unseen legacy
They portray a country that in the early 20th century was a largely unknown part of mysterious and magical Central Asia
This publication presents, by means of recently rediscovered works, the extraordinary documentary achievement of the Russian photojournalist, who portrayed in gripping photo reportages Uzbekistan’s transformation from a medieval social structure to a Soviet Socialist Republic.
Книга на английском, немецком и русском языках.