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Индустриалната тема в българската фотография от 60-те години на XX век
Industrial photography in the 1960s Bulgaria

Author(s): Katerina Gadzheva
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Photography, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper draws attention to the ideological and aesthetical prerequisites for a new line of development of industrial photography in this country: images free from pathos, narrativity and emotionality. Bulgarian photography as presented in the 1950s images, where the question ‘what’ that has inherently accompanied artistic tools, has been replaced with the more vital to the authorities ‘why’ and ‘how’. Arts, including photography, ought first and foremost to have ideological nature. A decade later, in the 1960s, the reality has changed, which called for changes in the photographic imagery. The authors and author’s own interpretations of the subjects were increasingly featured. Impressive construction sites and enthusiastic workers still occurred in the pictures but along with industrial buildings presented as metal monsters or lonely creatures, isolated in the wilderness of lunar landscapes without any evidence of human presence. Geometricity, pure forms and emphasised lines in the pictures were seen as an expression of this country’s technological revolution and industrial progress.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 19-22
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Bulgarian