Magnum Photographs at St. Petersburg Manege Exhibition Hall
Photographs of Soviet and Russian life from 1947 to today.
Underground passengers engrossed in reading and chess players in a summer park, overcrowded beaches and demanding ballet rehearsals, a huge line to the Mausoleum and a divorcing couple in a court room, desperately trying to avoid each other’s eyes — these are just a few of the images in the new exhibition at the Manege Exhibition Hall in St. Petersburg on Monday. All together, they a collective portrait of Russia.
“They See Us. A Portrait of Russia by the Magnum Agency” showcases more than 250 works by 39 photographers, including Thomas Dworzak, Gueorgui Pinkhassov, Bruno Barbey and Stuart Franklin, who traveled to Russia between 1947, when the agency was founded, and 2020. It begins with photos from “A Russian Journal,” the celebrated account of the trip taken by Magnum’s founding photographer Robert Capa and writer John Steinbeck in 1947.
Other than a few striking portraits of the well-known cultural figures Maya Plisetskaya, Andrei Tarkovsky, Ernst Neizvestny and Boris Pasternak, the gives a glimpse into the daily lives of Soviet and Russian citizens. It ends with photographs of the doctors and patients of Hospital 52 in Moscow by Nanna Heitmann, who spent several days in the red zone during the coronavirus pandemic.
The show will run until July 22, and there are health safety restrictions for visitors: admission is by eticket for a particular time slot, and all visitors must wear masks and gloves and practice social distancing.
Visitors at the Red Square. Moscow, USSR, 1947
Robert Capa / International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos
The State Bolshoi Theatre Ballet School. Practicing positions. Moscow, USSR, 1958
Cornell Capa / International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos
Bratsk, Siberia, USSR, 1967
Elliott Erwitt / Magnum Photos
Victory Day celebrations. Moscow, USSR, 1989
Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos
Calisthenics classes for vacationers in a sanatorium in Sochi. USSR, 1963 (L)
Peter and Paul Fortress. Homo Sovieticus. Leningrad, USSR, 1989 (R)
Burt Glinn, Carl De Keyzer / Magnum Photos
Fashion Story in Leningrad. USSR, 1987
Ferdinando Scianna / Magnum Photos
Workers install Boris Yeltsin's election posters next to the Red Square. Moscow, Russia, 1996
Thomas Hoepker / Magnum Photos
Camp 27. Honeymoon room. Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, Russia, 2001
Carl De Keyzer / Magnum Photos
Rybinsk, Yaroslavl Oblast, Russia, March 2015
Steve McCurry / Magnum Photos
Followers of Vissarion during a Christmas pilgrimage. Krasnoyarsk Kray, Russia, 2015
Jonas Bendiksen / Magnum Photos