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St. Petersburg from the 1850s to the 1910s in Photorgraphs

St. Petersburg from the 1850s to the 1910s in Photorgraphs
27 september 2018—12 november 2018
The active development of photography began in St. Petersburg in the mid-1850s. Saint Petersburg-based professional photographers and amateurs (A. Lorens, G. Wesenberg, I. Bianki, A. Felish, K. Schulz, L. Butrimovich, A. Nasvetevich, A. Erzhemsky, I. Alexandrov, J. Shteinberg, V. Klassen, K. Bulla, A. Gailevich, K. Kubesh, and others) created not only individual photographs, but also full-fledged series of photographs and comprehensive albums devoted to historical events, everyday life, and Petersburg landmarks, many of which later underwent changes or did not survive until the present day.

From the end of the 1890s on, numerous “open letters” depicting St. Petersburg sights are published in various printing techniques from the negatives created by local photographers over the years. In respect to their subject and composition, they echoed photographs printed on albumen, collodion or silver bromide paper, but sometimes were distinguished from them by a more dynamic composition of the frame. In addition to architecture and panoramic views of the capital, masters of photography tried to capture in pictures and postcards many famous Saint Petersburg citizens and various events in the social and cultural life of the capital, especially at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. One of the milestone events of this time was the opening of Emperor Alexander III’s Russian Museum on March 7 (19), 1898.

The photographs of St. Petersburg taken between 1850 and 1910 presented in the exhibition continue the retrospective photo cycle “Travels throughout the Russian Empire” from the collection of the Russian Museum and are dedicated to the 315th anniversary of our city and the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Russian Museum.

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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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