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'Yevgeny Umnov. Favourites. To the 100th Anniversary of His Birthday' in Multimedia Art Museum

Multimedia Art Museum is running an exhibition of Soviet photographer Yevgeny Umnov, with photos from the magazine Ogonyok and unpublished pictures: ballet photos of the 1950s and 1960s, Maya Plisetskaya, Yuri Levitan, Leonid Utesov, Mark Bernes, Iya Savvina, Yelena Koreneva, Alexander Gradsky and other artists.

Yevgeny Umnov took pictures for most Soviet magazines. He worked in the era when socialist realism was the primary method in all art styles, including photography. However, he was able to choose topics and subjects to fall under minimal control of strict ideological censorship. The artistic and intellectual elite appreciated his work, and aspiring artists believed: if Umnov made your portrait, your artistic career would be successful.

Yevgeny Umnov was on friendly terms and collaborated with the classics of Soviet photography. Together with Viktor Ruykovich, he filmed post-war Tallinn, took photos of the Moscow University's construction on Leninskiye Gory togather with Semyon Fridland and Yakov Khalip; shot VDNKh with Samariy Gurariy, and took pictures of festive Moscow of 1950 with Boris Kudoyarov. However, he became acclaimed as a ballet photographer, who shot the stage and backstage of the Bolshoi Theatre.

Multimedia Art Museum is running an exhibition of Soviet photographer Yevgeny Umnov, with photos from the magazine Ogonyok and unpublished pictures: ballet photos of the 1950s and 1960s, Maya Plisetskaya, Yuri Levitan, Leonid Utesov, Mark Bernes, Iya Savvina, Yelena Koreneva, Alexander Gradsky and other artists.

Yevgeny Umnov took pictures for most Soviet magazines. He worked in the era when socialist realism was the primary method in all art styles, including photography. However, he was able to choose topics and subjects to fall under minimal control of strict ideological censorship. The artistic and intellectual elite appreciated his work, and aspiring artists believed: if Umnov made your portrait, your artistic career would be successful.

Yevgeny Umnov was on friendly terms and collaborated with the classics of Soviet photography. Together with Viktor Ruykovich, he filmed post-war Tallinn, took photos of the Moscow University's construction on Leninskiye Gory togather with Semyon Fridland and Yakov Khalip; shot VDNKh with Samariy Gurariy, and took pictures of festive Moscow of 1950 with Boris Kudoyarov. However, he became acclaimed as a ballet photographer, who shot the stage and backstage of the Bolshoi Theatre.

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