The Lumiere Brothers Gallery

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Template:Просьба переименовать Founded in 2001 by Natalia Grigorieva-Litvinskaya and Eduard Litvinsky, Lumiere Brothers Gallery is one of the oldest photography galleries in Moscow. Specializing in the Soviet photography spanning from the avant-garde and socialist realism of the 1930s to the photojournalism of the Thaw and underground movements of the 1980s, the gallery also represents established western photographers and collaborates with contemporary artists.

Lumiere Brothers Gallery


The gallery represents the classics of the Soviet constructivist photography: Boris Ignatovich, Jakov Khalip, Mikhail Prekhner, whose innovative techniques – unconventional angles, tilted horizons, stark contrasts of light and shadow – reveal influence of their teacher and associate Alexander Rodchenko and recall the formal experiments of Moholy-Nagy Laszlo and New Objectivity group led by Albert Renger-Patzsch.[1]

The photography of Stalin’s era represented by the gallery encompasses socialist realism work by celebrated Soviet reporters such as Mark Markov-Grinberg, Emmanuil Evzerikhin, Arkady Shaikhet; architectural photography with its iconic views of cityscapes, pioneered by the foremost chronicler of Moscow life Naum Granovsky;[2] reports from battlefronts by war correspondents like Alexander Ustinov and Robert Diament.

The gallery has been at the forefront[3] of reintroducing and promoting the work of the top notch photographers of the Thaw of the 1960s and 1970s: Yuri Krivonosov, Yuriy Abramochkin, Lev Borodulin, Vladimir Lagrange, Igor Gavrilov, Lev Sherstennikov, Vladimir Bogdanov, Nina Sviridova, Dmitry Vozdvizhensky, Igor Gnevashev and others who, inspired by postwar optimism and liberal reforms, revived straight reportage[4] and gave a fresh impetus to artistic photography, to which they were introduced in photo clubs spread across the USSR. The gallery represents the works by Romualdas Požerskis, the representative of the Lithuanian school, which stood out against the Soviet photography for its distinctive national aesthetic and tools – use of wide angle lens, close-ups, and sharp contrasts.[5]

Postwar European and American art is represented by the reporters of the golden age of photojournalism: Steve Schapiro, Ruth Orkin, Sabine Weiss, and artists who pushed the boundaries of photography in both their subject choice and technique such as Arno Rafael Minkkinen, noted for his unmanipulated self-portraits in the landscape.

The gallery's pool of Russian contemporary artists encompasses a variety of styles, which flourished in the Russian photography during the last three decades, featuring underground artist from the 1980s Sergey Borisov, conceptualist Vadim Guschin, whose simple forms and abstract composition are rooted in Russian avant-garde tradition,[6] one of the forefather of St Petersburg school of photography Alexander Kitaev and contemporary architectural photographers Vladimir Antoschenkov, admirer of St Petersburg, and Igor Palmin, centered on the exploration of Moscow modernism.

The gallery showcases artists of the international contemporary scene such as Laurent Chehere, famous for his surreal series of flying houses of Paris, and Shigeru Yoshida, known for minimalistic black-and-white works recalling Japanese landscape painting traditions, Wendy Paton, whose black-and-white lyrical night scenes result from unraveled mastery of film camera and method of gelatin silver printing.

In 2015 the gallery participated in Fotofever Art Fair in Paris and in 2016 took part in international contemporary art fair Cosmoscow, Moscow, Russia.

Represented artists[edit]

  • Yuri Abramochkin
  • Jesse Alexander
  • Vladimir Antoshchenkov
  • Vitaly Arutyunov
  • Yuri Belinsky
  • Vladimir Bogdanov
  • Ivan Boiko
  • Anatoly Boldin
  • Sergei Borisov
  • Lev Borodulin
  • Wynn Bullock
  • Laurent Chehere
  • Nikolay Drachinsky
  • Vasily Egorov
  • Elliott Erwitt
  • Emmanuil Evzerikhin
  • Harold Feinstein
  • Nikolay Fillipov
  • Igor Gnevashev
  • Greg Gorman
  • Alexey Gostev
  • Naum Granovsky
  • Vadim Gushchin
  • Sasha Gusov
  • Gijsbert Hanekroot
  • Nikolay Horunzhy
  • Boris Ignatovich
  • Yakov Khalip
  • Anatoliy Khrupov
  • Valentin Khukhlaev
  • Chuck Kimmerle
  • Sergey Kivrin
  • Andrey Knyazev
  • Sergei Konukhov
  • Kacper Kowalski
  • Yuri Krivonosov
  • Vladimir Lagrange
  • Leonid Lazarev
  • Yuri Lunkov
  • Anton Lyalin
  • Mark Markov-Grinberg
  • Arno Rafael Minkkinen
  • Vladimir Musaelian
  • Alexander Nagralian
  • Vadim Opalin
  • Ruth Orkin
  • Igor Palmin
  • Wendy Paton
  • Sergei Petrukhin
  • Romualdas Pozerskis
  • Mikhail Prekhner
  • Nikolay Rakhmanov
  • Yakov Ryumkin
  • Mikhail Savin
  • Steve Schapiro
  • Howard Schatz
  • Arkady Shaikhet
  • Lev Sherstennikov
  • Vladimir Stepanov
  • Jock Sturges
  • Nina Sviridova, Dmitry Vozdvizhensky
  • Mikhail Trakhman
  • Alexander Ustinov
  • Erwin Volkov
  • Sabine Weiss
  • Alfred Wertheimer
  • Robert Whiteman
  • Shigeru Yoshida
  • Igor Zotin

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lemagny, Jean-Claude; Rouillé, André (1986). Histoire de la photographie. Paris: Bordas. p. 128. ISBN 9780521344074. 
  2. ^ Москва Наума Грановского. Центр фотографии им. братьев Люмьер. p. 18. ISBN 9785990161344. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Vicki (4 November 2014). "Russian Photography Looks at the Past". Aperture. 
  4. ^ Фототворчество России. История, развитие и современное состояние фотолюбительства. Планета. 1990. p. 45. ISBN 5852501360. 
  5. ^ "Феномен Литовской школы. Западная фотография в СССР". Retrieved 2015-09-30. 
  6. ^ Goldberg, Vicki (12 November). "More History in Russian Photographs". Aperture. Retrieved 2015-09-30.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

Kirillova, Elena (2011-12-26). "The Lumiere Brothers Photogallery collection. Anniversary exhibition". Moscow News. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 

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