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The photography took a special and, perhaps, one of the main places in the life of the Great Russian engineer, designer and scientist Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov. The constant search for new ways of solving the technical problems was also inherent to Shukhov when he worked with camera. The photographic interests of V.G. Shukhov are many-sided: documentary-genre photography, city landscape, pictures of the Moscow life and the life of the Russian province at the end of XIX - beginning of XX century and portraits, constructivism. The original and free look of the Russian intellectual and scientist at the surrounding reality of Russia is interesting with respect to the fact that V.G. Shukhov made pictures not for publishing, not by the order, but for himself and for his environment. Shukhov was a perfect expert on literature and art, was a widely educated person and knew five foreign languages, and the height of his development is reflected in the depth of his photographic works. V.G. Shukhov possessed a rare ability to see the unusualness and originality of the surrounding reality and to catch it with his camera.

In 1895 in Nizhniy Novgorod Shukhov met the famous Russian photo artist Andrey Osipovich Karelin. At that time Shukhov directed the construction of the unique steel lattice overhead covers, which he invented, of the 1896 All-Russia industrial and art exhibition pavilions. Karelin photographed the stages of construction of the world's first steel lattice shells of the Shukhov's pavilions and of the world's first hyperboloid structure - the steel lattice shell of the water tower. The intercourse with Andrey Karelin caused a lively interest of Vladimir Shukhov towards art photography as a work that requires serious skill.

In his photographic creative works Shukhov opened new trends decades ahead of their flourishing in the photo art world. The serious genre photo works in the beginning of the century are a big rarity. The documentary-genre photography was recognized as an art in the 40s of XX century. The Moscow of that time with the eyes of Shukhov is not the standard view postcards, but the story full of life about the city, its inhabitants, their holidays and everyday life. The family chronicle of Shukhov is the description of life in the pre-revolution Russia: skating, lessons at home, dacha life, portraits of acquaintances, interiors of that time.

The photo chronicle of Shukhov resembles the works of Cartier-Bresson, but Shukhov photographed almost half a century earlier. The reporting topics of Shukhov: the elections to the State Duma, the revolutionary events on Krasnaya Presnya, the opening of the monument to Gogol in Moscow, the construction of Kievskiy station (former Bryanskiy), the sacred procession in Kremlin, the motor races at the Moscow hippodrome, the life of Yalta port and many others.

The photographs of the high-rise works during the construction of Kievskiy station may be attributed to the classics of Russian constructivism. Alexander Rodchenko photographed the Shukhov Tower in Shabolovka, Andrey Karelin photographed the construction of the Shukhov's pavilion at the Nizhniy Novgorod fair - but beside these famous photo artists Shukhov photographed all that as well by himself. The photographs of unique structures made by their own creator are twice unique.

Vladimir Kupriyanov, Artist

The photo works of Shukhov were not published earlier in a separate edition, and the greater part of the photographs has never been published at all. The Shukhov Tower Foundation for the development of science, culture and art together with "The Moscow House of photography" led by Olga Sviblova is preparing the publication of an album with the photo works of Vladimir Shukhov. In the future it is planned to hold exhibitions of the V.G. Shukhov's photo works in Moscow, London, Paris and Stutgart.

The Shukhov Tower Foundation invites you to cooperate and to sponsor the publication of an album with the photographic works of Vladimir Grigorievich Shukhov. With your help this unique edition will open to the world the unknown page of the creative works of the Great engineer and photo artist. You can forward your letters to the following E-mail address:

Yours respectfully,
President of the Shukhov Tower Foundation
Vladimir Fyodorovich Shukhov

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