Works by Aleksandr Miklailovich Rodchenko
One of the most versatile Constructivist artists to emerge after the Russian Revolution, Rodchenko took up photography in the early 1920s as part of his increasing focus on applied and socially responsible art. The photograph could, in his view, best record a rapidly changing society. His photography was socially engaged, formally innovative and opposed to a painterly aesthetic. Concerned with creating analytical series of photographs, Rodchenko often shot his subjects from odd angles—usually high above or down below—to shock the viewer and postpone recognition. He wrote, "One has to take several different shots of a subject, from different points of view and in different situations, as if one examined it in the round rather than looked through the same key-hole again and again."