Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Union of Soviet Socialist Images

Magazine article Eye : The International Review of Graphic Design

Union of Soviet Socialist Images

Article excerpt

In 1970 David King was in Moscow, researching a feature on Lenin for the Sunday Times Magazine, where he was art editor. 'I opened the door to my room and interrupted somebody leafing through my notebooks. It didn't matter. I had nothing to hide and in a way was rather expecting it. He said sorry in English and left, empty-handed. I remember being glad it wasn't the 1930s.'

King's fascination with the country ('I found Soviet place names indescribably romantic') had begun in his childhood, with his grandfather, who had gone there to build the railways, and his geography teacher Mrs Raines, who 'was, I realise now, a Stalinist'.

King has been collecting images of Russia ever since that first visit in 1970, resulting in an unparalleled archive of 250,000 artefacts, including photographs, graphics, newspapers and ceramics. His Red Star over Russia (Tate Publishing, £25) draws on that collection to make a visual history of the Soviet Union from 1917 to the death of Stalin. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.