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Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin

Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin. Comrade Stalin is greeted by the young pioneers. 1935

Comrade Stalin is greeted by the young pioneers. 1935. Photo by Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin (1904 ̵ 1982)

Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin (1904-1982) became one of the leading photojournalists of the USSR by the end of the 1930s. He was shooting war time from the first to the last day, as a front line photo correspondent of “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. His photo chronicles include genre scenes on the streets of Moscow with the announcement on the radio about the treacherous attack of Nazi Germany to the hoisting of the Victory Banner at the dome of the Reichstag. He photographed major combat operations on almost all fronts. Since 1950, Ivan Shagin worked in publishing houses “Izogiz”, “Soviet Artist”, “Art”, “Progress”, APN Novosti, and “Pravda”. He was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War of II degree, and several medals of the USSR.

On the sports parade. Moscow. 1932

On the sports parade. Moscow. 1932

Shagin was born in Ivanovo region. He became a photographer of the newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda” in the 1930s. The main topics for his photography – industry, agriculture, sports, daily life, Soviet youth, and the Red Army.

The first passengers - metro builders. 1935

The first passengers – metro builders. 1935. Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin

After the war he continued to work in the “Komsomolskaya Pravda”. His work has been published in the magazine “Ogonyok” and “Smena”. In 1950-60 he was one of the leading experts in the country on color photography.

Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin. To Red Square. 1934

To Red Square. 1934. Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin

Soviet photojournalist Ivan Shagin

Magazine Soviet Photo, 1960-1984