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USSR in Construction
Date: Russian, 1930-41, 1949
Biography: Founded by Maxim Gorky and published in the Soviet Union from 1930 to 1941 (and 1949), USSR in Construction aimed to “reflect in photography the whole scope and variety of the construction work now going on the USSR.” In addition to highlighting massive building projects like dams and railroads and factories producing consumer goods such as record players and bicycles, the magazine focused on the physical prowess of its happy and productive citizenry. An excellent example of photomontage at the beginning of state-mandated social realism, this lavishly illustrated periodical employed talented photographers, graphic designers, writers, and artists including El Lissitzky and Alexander Rodchenko. Published in English, French, German, and Spanish, this modernist propaganda periodical was aimed at an international audience, primarily investors and business people.