Boris Ignatovich Soviet Union Photographs
Boris Ignatovich Soviet Union Photographs of 1926-1939. In 1908-1917 Soviet photo artist Boris Ignatovich (1899 – 1979) studied at the gymnasium of Lodz, and later – in Lugansk. Unfortunately, he was expelled for the publication of the handwritten magazine “Shantrapa”, as well as for participation in the revolutionary riots. He worked as a journalist since 1918, then led the newspaper “Miner” in 1921 in Moscow. In 1922-1925, in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), he became interested in photography. After returning to Moscow (1926), Boris became one of the leaders of photo reporters of the Association at the Press House. In 1927 became editor and photographer of the newspaper “Bednota” (The poor), worked in magazines “Narpit”, “Spotlight”, “Ogonyok”, “Soviet Photo” and “USSR in Construction”. Ignatovich has created portraits of figures of Soviet culture and art – Korney Chukovsky, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Boris Pasternak, and others. Boris Ignatovich was awarded medals of the USSR.
Together with Alexander Rodchenko, Ignatovich – one of the organizers and the head of “October” group. Besides, in 1930-ies he became interested in documentary, and made several documentaries (newsreel “Today”, a film about Kukryniksy etc.).
At the same time he directed the department of illustrations of the newspaper “Evening Moscow”. Cooperated within the framework of the agency “Alliance-photo” in the filming for several magazines – “Building”, “Our achievements”, “Construction of Moscow”. He created a series of photos of the Moscow plant “Frazier” and factory “Paris Commune”.
During the World War II, the photojournalist worked in the newspaper “Battle Flag” of the 30th Army. He worked behind enemy lines, taking the guerrilla movement. After the war he worked in many magazines and publishing houses.
Boris Ignatovich is the author of the famous photo of Stalin with Mamlakat Nakhangova. Mamlakat (born April 6, 1924, Bukhara People’s Soviet Republic). She was a participant of the Stakhanovite movement in the Soviet Union of Stalin epoch (Tajikistan), aged 11 years distinguished herself during the cotton harvest; the youngest and the first among the pioneers of the highest order of the USSR Chevalier of the Order of Lenin (1935). Mamlakat is 92 years old now, she is Soviet scientist-philologist, candidate of philological sciences; Associate Professor of the Dushanbe Pedagogical Institute.
First international exhibition of photographs by Boris Ignatovich took place in Austria in 1929.