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Photographic Postcards

Anna Bocharova. Demidov Bridge. 2006
16 may 2018—25 june 2018
The history of postcards dates back to the 1860s when it became possible and soon widely popular to mail a card without an envelope. In the late 19th century, photo studios began to appear, producing, among other things, images for postcards. 

It became popular among European travelers to send short notes illustrated by landmark views. This trend reached Russia as well. In the mid-1890s, Saint Petersburg stores began to sell postcards with city views. During the Soviet period, such postcards were no less widespread. In Leningrad, they were manufactured by the state photographic enterprise Lenfotokhudozhnik. 

In 2016, creative association Stereoskop revived the tradition of printing postcards with the views of St. Petersburg, having invited well-known local photographers to take part in the project Photographic Postcards. Each participant printed six photographs about the size of a postcard. Then, a drawing by artist Alexander Florensky was silk-printed on the reverse side of the original hand-crafted silver gelatin print. The series is a limited edition, with just 21 made with each photograph. 

Each photographic postcard presents an original perspective on the iconic landmarks of St. Petersburg: from splendid panoramas and famous monuments to the rustling leaves of the Summer Garden and arrogant silence of contemporary buildings and industrial zones. 

Participants: Elena Agafonova, Anna Bocharova, Oleg Vereshchagin, Vasily Vorontsov, Dmitry Goryachev, Lyudmila Grigorieva, Sergey Gurin, Natalia Zakharova, Alexei Zelensky, Dmitry Konradt, Grigory Kravchenko, Nadezhda Kuznetsova, Igor Lebedev, Petr Lebedev, Yuri Molodkovets, Dmitry Popov, Alexey Savkin, Vitaly Smirnov, Maria Snigirevskaya, Andrei Strelnikov, Lyudmila Tabolina, Alexander Filippov, Natalia Chebotareva, Andrei Chezhin, Alexander Chernogrivov, Sergey Shcherbakov. 

Alexander Chernogrivov. Lomonosov Bridge. 2007 Dmitry Goryachev. St. Michael's Castle. 2016 Yuri Molodkovets. Angel. 2003 Alexander Florensky. Address side.

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The St. Petersburg Governorate in photographs from the 1860‒1910s from the collection of the Russian Museum

The St. Petersburg Governorate in photographs from the 1860‒1910s from the collection of the Russian Museum

30 may—26 august 2019

From the series “Traveling around Russian Empire”. The exhibition presents the image of St. Petersburg Governorate in professional and amateur photographs, as well as postcards depicting the man-made and natural sights of the area, the local population and the events of everyday life.

Solomon Yudovin. Siege Graphics from the Russian Museum Collection and Collection of Evgeny Gerasimov

Solomon Yudovin. Siege Graphics from the Russian Museum Collection and Collection of Evgeny Gerasimov

24 january—13 may 2019

The exhibition is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the lifting of the siege of Leningrad. The artist witnessed and experienced the siege, one of the most tragic events of the Second World War, firsthand.

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