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Russian, 1893 - 1959
Russian, 1903 - 1971
Text Entries: Georgi Petrusov was born in Rostov-on-Don in 1903. He began photography as a hobby while he worked as a bank bookkeeper. He moved to Moscow in 1924 and began his professional career as a photographer for the occupational journal "Medallist" and by 1926 he began to work for Pravda. During the twenties, he is remembered for his photographs focusing on the industrialization of the USSR. From 1928 to 1930 Petrusov was the head of information department at the Magnitogorsk steelworks and documented its construction from foundation to the ceremonial commencement of the first blast furnace. From 1930 to 1941 Petrusov worked from the prestigious internationally circulated magazine "USSR in Construction" photographing a primarily the life and work on the first farming collectives (Kolkhoz) around the Union. During the War years, Petrusov was a front line photographer and correspondent working for Izvestia. After the war he worked for various illustrated magazines including Soviet Life, and undertook various personal projects such as photographing the numerous ballets productions in Moscow and even documenting street life in the commercial areas of Moscow. Photographs by Petrusov are extremely rare, the corpus of his collection was acquired in the early 1980's by the German dealer Alex Lachmann and very little of Petrusov's work is to be found outside of this collection.
Russian, mid 20th-late 20th Century
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