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Emmanuil Evzerikhin. Fountain “Children’s Roundelay”. Railway Station Square, Stalingrad. August 23, 1942. Digital print. Collection of MAMM

March 19 – August 9, 2020

Exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War


Territory of Victory is an exhibition of photos by Soviet photo journalists who covered the most tragic period of the history of our country and captured, sometimes risking their lives, those terrible history lessons which must not be learned anew. The exposition being part of the programme History of Russia Through the Art of Photography: Russia’s Photo Chronicle originated by the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow/Moscow House of Photography (MAMM/MHP) in 1997, presents photos from collections of MAMM/MHP.

The exposition is organized chronologically: from the tragic events of 1941 to the triumphant greeting of the victors. Large-scale compositions of multiple participants in battlefields, streets, squares and railway stations are mixed with portraits of common people experiencing the terror of war.

The exhibition has more than 100 photos. Each is not only an example of the personal heroism of the photographer and an important historic document, but also a self-contained artistic communication. Composing the images of the message from the Leningrad blockade or Berlin capitulating authors resorted to such artistic devices as staged photography and collage. By tampering with the coverage in a creative way the photographer would make the perception of imagery more acute and come up with a brighter, more emotional and contentful picture. In this way the famous Bayonet attack (1941) and Grief (1942) by Dmitri Baltermants and Raising a Flag over the Reichstag (1945) by Yevgeny Khaldei have become the world known metaphors of tragedy and victory.

Photographers: Dmitri Baltermants, Emmanuil Evzerikhin, Sergei Korshunov, Georgi Lipskerov, Vladislav Mikosha, Mark Redkin, Sergei Strunnikov, Vsevolod Tarasevich, Yevgeny Umnov, Pavel Troshkin, Yevgeny Khaldei, Arkady Shaikhet, Sergei Shimanski