Images by legendary Soviet sports photographer Lev Borodoulin go on show

Images by legendary Soviet sports photographer Lev Borodoulin go on show
Trainer Vikenty Dmitriev, Vitebsk, 1964

22 January 2013

A retrospective of sports photographer Lev Borodulin’s work opened at the Moscow Multimedia Art Museum on Friday. Borodulin turned to sports photography after the Second World War, which was the only creative profession exempted from state’s ideological rules at the time. He is credited with single-handedly defining post-war Russian photography through his own distinct style that looked to resurrect formalist principles. He was influenced by key figures in Soviet Modernism including Alexander Rodchenko, Boris Ignatovich and Arkady Shaikhet. Borodulin’s photograph The Parade was chosen by former US President Bill Clinton for display in The White House. A gallery of some of the works in the exhibition, which runs until 10 November 2013, can be viewed here.