Photography as illustration for Bulgarian fiction and poetry. Few examples of the second half of the twentieth century Cover Image
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Фотографията като илюстрация в българската художествена литература. Няколко примера от втората половина на ХХ век
Photography as illustration for Bulgarian fiction and poetry. Few examples of the second half of the twentieth century

Author(s): Katerina Gadjeva
Subject(s): History, Literary Texts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Photography, Poetry, Geography, Regional studies, Human Geography, Historical Geography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper focuses on the complicated interaction between text and image in fiction and poetry. Unlike literature that tries and clears readers’ minds of anything familiar, material or ‘possible’, photography is going just the other way around constantly bringing them back down to earth, binding them up with the existing. For this reason both authors and publishers oriented towards experiments and challenges would resort to it. Though there were few isolated cases in Bulgaria of photos used in book design early in the twentieth century, the earliest books intentionally designed with photographic illustrations were published as late as the 1960s, when fine art photography made its comeback in this country. In 1966, Narodna Mladezh publishing house released two dozens of books with photographic illustrations made exclusively for a series of crime and adventure novels. In 1973, Pavel Matev’s book of poetry Spoils of Silences came out with photos by Peter Bozhkov; in 1987, Labyrinth, a poetry book by Blaga Dimitrova and photos by Stanka Tsonkova-usha, was released. Though just a few, these publications show that photography and literature stand shoulder to shoulder and ‘technical pictures’ rather stimulate than put the brakes on the imagination.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 39-43
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian