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Industrial photo aesthetics

Industrial photography is a special kind of art. The new genre first appeared in the 19th century, and the aesthetics of photography developed in the 1930s. A cult example of industrial photography was Lunch Atop a Skyscraper in 1932, showing 11 workers relaxing on a beam on the 69th floor during the construction of New York's Rockefeller Center. All expositions of the popular project Otkroi#Mosprom are likely to go down in history of Moscow’s industrial photography.

Photo: Timur Anikeev

PROJECT OTKROI#MOSPROM HAS UNITED NUMEROUS FORMATS:
TOURS TO MOSCOW INDUSTRIAL ENTERPRISES, LECTURES,
MASTER CLASSES, QUIZZES, EXHIBITIONS, ETC

Otkroi#Mosprom has held two dozen unique exhibitions outdoors. Boulevards and parks beloved by Muscovites are turned into galleries. Photo exhibitions of 2022 have been a discovery in every sense of this word: there is history of sectors and people who make up the industrial image of the capital behind every photo. 

ON THE ROAD TO THE STARS

A photo exhibition with the theme “Moscow Enterprises to the Stars!” opened in the Fili city park in April. The project was prepared with the assistance of the Roscosmos state corporation and dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the launch of the first satellite.

The PS-1 satellite was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on October 4, 1957. In 92 days, it made 1440 revolutions around the Earth and covered 60 million kilometers. The satellite creators always addressed it as formal you, although PS-1 stands for “Simplest Satellite No. 1”.

Sixty-five years ago Moscow companies contributed to the creation of the first satellite. The all-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM), which is now part of the Kurchatov Institute, designed a special aluminum alloy, and the Soviet Scientific Research Institute of Current Sources, currently Roscosmos’ NPP Kvant, made a 51-kilogram power unit.

Archive photos depict the unique atmosphere of preparations for the first space missions.

- By the way -
There are more than 30 rocket and space industry enterprises in Moscow, and about 30,000 professionals are employed in the space industry. Launch vehicles, booster stages, satellites, electronic products, special paints, antenna mirrors, food and clothes for cosmonauts – all of that are products made in Moscow.
AT LEAST TEN PHOTO EXHIBITIONS DEDICATED
TO MOSCOW INDUSTRIES ARE DUE TO TAKE PLACE
IN 2022 WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF PROJECT OTKROI#MOSPROM

INDUSTRY IN MUSEUM RARITIES

An exhibition held on Nikitsky Boulevard in March told the story of Moscow industries from the end of the 19th century to the present day. The concept of the Otkroi#Mosprom Art photo exhibition was to connect production to high art. Painting reproductions, quotes from classics, architectural monuments and rare packaging sketches – over 130 city enterprises were founded before the war and are proud of their history. A Semyon Zenkov painting, Light Bulb Ilyich, depicts an electric bulb produced by Moscow’s Elektrozavod since 1928. An Yelena Melnikova painting, Tour of the Sharikopodshipnik Plant, tells about a tour to the Moscow Ball-Bearing Plant. There is a painting by Sergei Luppov, “Order for Top-Priority Construction Site”, created after a visit to the Transformer Plant, whose successor Moscow’s Electrozavod is.

- By the way -
An old building on Lesnaya Street was built by blueprints from architect Franz Kognovitsky in 1890. It was originally a wine cellar, then an artillery plant, and later on a workshop of the Elektrosila plant. Now the building belongs to the Moscow Brake Plant that recently celebrated its centenary.

The Babayev confectionary factory, Krasny Oktyabr, the Svoboda cosmetic factory, and the Duks aircraft plant are depicted in works by Bella Akhmadulina, Sergei Solovyov, Semyon Kirsanov and Vladimir Mayakovsky. The proletarian poet – futurist wrote short verses and drew paintings for Mosselprom products in the 1920s. A gem of the exhibition is a pack of Krasnoarmeiskaya Zvezda caramels with verses and drawings by Mayakovsky dated 1924.

The most illustrious photo collection depicts monuments of the pre-revolutionary and Soviet industrial architecture. Ancient facades, towers, spires and ceramic tile mosaics - these witnesses of the era never stop to surprise passers-by.

LAUNCHED IN MARCH 2019, PROJECT OTKROI#MOSPROM HAS PRESENTED

20

PHOTO EXHIBITIONS AND OVER 600 TOURS TO MOSCOW ENTERPRISES

MOSPROM LIKE ON THE COVER

Sokolniki Park visitors took pleasure in viewing the “Everyone to Workshop” photo exhibition in February. The exhibition displayed before the holidays of February 23 and March 8 consisted of photos of employees of Moscow enterprises. Young, talented, passionate and successful - they are not models at all, but look as good as celebrities on glossy covers. Each of them has a history of one’s own, but they share a common cause – work at an enterprise in Moscow.

Laura Pokrovskaya
Laura Pokrovskaya

It took several months to take the photos. The project involved employees of 17 enterprises: an operator of CNC plasma machines, a programmer, an R&D project manager, a powder painter, a secretary-administrator, a head of the plant’s ecology and recycling department…

Besides doing their principal work, these people have found themselves in sports, mentoring, creation and volunteer initiatives. In all, 20 portrays were displayed in the park. The others were available on the project webpage on social media, where visitors could also name winners of the “Everyone to Workshop” contest.

Dmitry Ivanov
Dmitry Ivanov

By a majority of votes, Laura Pokrovskaya, head of the Vega department for economic support to projects, was named Ms. Mosprom, and Dmitry Ivanov, senior foreman of the welding workshop of the Shcherbinka Elevator Plant, became Mr. Mosprom.

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