Arkady Shaikhet

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Arkady Shaikhet
Born Arkady Samoylovich Shaikhet
(1898-09-12)September 12, 1898
Nikolayev (Ukraine)
Died November 18, 1959(1959-11-18) (aged 61)
Nationality Russian
Known for photography, photojournalism

Arkady Samoylovich Shaikhet (Russian: Аркадий Самойлович Шайхет, September 12, 1898 - November 18, 1959) was a prominent Soviet photojournalist and photographer.[1] His first photographs were published in 1923. In 1924 he joined the staff of the national magazine Ogonyok and his images were used for the covers from the very beginning. In the history of Soviet photography, Shaikhet's name is associated primarely with the appearance of a type of journalistic photograph called 'artistic reportage.'[2] Shaikhet was one of the founders (together with journalist Mikhail Koltsov) of Soviet Photo in 1926 and from 1930 he contributed to USSR in Construction.[3] His well-known photographs of the industrialization period in the 1920s-1930s became a 'carte de visite' for new Soviet Russia.[4] During the Second World War he created a series of images of the Battle of Stalingrad and later of liberation of Kiev, Ukraine.[5]

The Sovfoto agency, which from 1932 distributed Soviet photography in the West, holds examples of his photojournalism.


2012, Arkadiy Shaikhet, Continuation 1928-1931,[6] Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow


  1. ^ Mrazkova, Daniela and Remes, Vladimir "Early Soviet Photographers." Museum of Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, 1982, ISBN 0-905836-27-8
  2. ^ Shudakov, Grigory. "Pioneers of Soviet Photography." Thames and Hudson, London, 1983, page 20, ISBN 0-500-54095-0
  3. ^ "Arkady Shaikhet" Art Rodnik , Moscow , 2000, ISBN 5-88896-049-7
  4. ^ "Soviet Photography of the 1920s and 1930s. Moscow House of Photography, 2004, ISBN 5-93977-001-0
  5. ^ Shneer, David. "Through Soviet Jewish eyes. Photography, War, and the Holocaust." Rutgers University Press, 2011, pages 112, 114, 149, ISBN 978-0-8135-4884-5
  6. ^ "Arkadiy Shaikhet: Continuation 1928-1931". Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow. 

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