[Artist, designer, architect, b. 1891, St. Petersburg, d. 1956, Moscow.]
Only the camera seems to be really capable of describing modern life.
Art has no place in modern life. It will continue to exist as long as there is a mania for the romantic and so long as there are people who love beautiful lies and deception... Every modern cultured man must wage war against art, as against opium... Photograph and be photographed.
Damn it, nobody knows what is beautiful and what is not. They do not understand new things.
Landscapes, heads and naked women are called artistic photography, while photographs of current events are called press photography.
Don’t try to capture a man in one synthetic portrait, but rather in lots of snapshots taken at different times and in different circumstances!
Photography—the new, rapid, concrete reflector of the world—should surely undertake to show the world from all vantage points, and to develop people’s capacity to see from all sides. (1928)
Photography has all the rights, and all the merits, necessary for us to turn towards it as the art of our time.
Contradictions of perspective. Contrasts of light. Contrasts of form. Points of view impossible to achieve in drawing and painting. Foreshortenings with a strong distortion of the objects, with a crude handling of matter. Moments altogether new, never seen before... compositions whose boldness outstrips the imagination of painters... Then the creation of those instants which do not exist, contrived by means of photomontage. The negative transmits altogether new stimuli to the sentient mind and eye.