Georgi Anatoliévitch Zelma (Russian, Tashkent 1906–1984 Moscow)
Gelatin silver print
15.4 x 21.3 cm (6 1/16 x 8 3/8 in.)
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1996
Not on view
Beginning in 1928, Zelma worked with the new handheld 35mm Leica camera and documented with a natural, lyrical understanding of the medium the stunning impact of the new Soviet state on traditional society. The photographs were widely published in Pravda Vostoka and then later in Izvestiia. This dynamic photograph of a military parade on the fifteenth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution is an excellent example of the best of Soviet journalism in the 1930s. Zelma captures the cruel beauty and inherent violence of military order; the soldiers are anonymous-faceless components of a political machine.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil by dealer on print, verso, TLC: "2800 - 1933 - G. Zelma"; Paper label with typed carbon copy of caption attached to print, verso, TL to TR: "Soyuzfoto No 133832//FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BOLSHEVIK REVOLUTION://Red Army detachment passing the Lenin Mausoleum."; various other stamps in green, blue, and purple ink stating that the photograph was once the property of Sovfoto/East foto in New York and is copyrighted by this photo agency.
[...]; [Sovfoto/Eastfoto, New York]; [Steven Kasher, New York]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 16," March 17, 1997–June 9, 1997.