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"Nobody understands what is beautiful and what is not": Governing Soviet amateur photography, photography clubs and the journal Sovetskoe foto

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posted on 19.03.2019, 13:50 by Jessica Werneke
In January 1957, the Soviet Ministry of Culture resumed publication of the premiere photography journal of the Soviet Union, Sovetskoe foto (The Soviet Photograph) after a sixteen-year hiatus. At this time, the relative openness of the cultural Thaw fostered a “climate of enthusiasm” among amateur photographers, who were eager to learn from the professional photographers and editors of Sovetskoe foto. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, amateur and professional photographers alike sought to establish particular aesthetic standards in photography in an attempt to receive State funding and better educational opportunities. The question of who should regulate and censor amateur activities and aesthetics, however, remained ambiguous.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Photography and Culture

Volume

12

Issue

1

Pages

47 - 68

Citation

WERNEKE, J., 2019. "Nobody understands what is beautiful and what is not": Governing Soviet amateur photography, photography clubs and the journal Sovetskoe foto. Photography and Culture, 12 (1), pp.47-68.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Photography and Culture on 11 April 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/17514517.2019.1581473.

Acceptance date

04/02/2019

Publication date

2019-04-11

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1751-4517

eISSN

1751-4525

Language

en