I wanted to look at this exhibition to see the work of Alexander Rodchenko,(Rodchenko, 2017) who was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer who was renowned for his changing vision and avant-garde or innovative approaches to art. His work included portraits, events, Sports, still life, Industrial buildings, Entertainment, Street photography, Trees, Repeat photography, as well as photomontage work. (F11 Foto Museum, 2017) The F11 Foto Museum is a third story building in the heart of Happy Vally district in Hong Kong. The curators of the exhibition were Jean Mathieu and Douglas So.

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All of the below photos of the Alexander Rodchenko Exhibition at the F11 Foto Museum  were taken by Paul Peach 2017 at my visit

 The exhibition was on the ground and first floor of the building.

As well as the exhibition work, I was struck by the F11 book design and layout and how each section had a different colour backdrop with bold colours and also the graphics illustrations presenting the images. (see images below, book cover, colour backdrop and graphics and text). I thought I would try to incorporate this into my work in progress portfolio for this module, perhaps in a more simplistic form. All of these ideas that I am looking at will also apply to my book for my main project.

I read an interview by (KIM and HERE, 2014)  with British award-winning publisher Bruno Ceschel (Bruno Ceschel, 2017) took, He talked about the making of a book and he said, “Sometimes photographers try to be too gimmicky with books and try to incorporate too many ideas. Bruno suggested that a good photography book only needs one good idea, which is executed well. Don’t try to incorporate folding pages, pop-up images, mixing colour and black and white, different sized images, and different orientation of pages. Just stick to one good idea— and follow-through“.

I generally agree with this concept I think from a creative aspect I think maybe a design idea can be one good idea built from a number of ideas This advice reminded me that, we do try to complicate things far too much when designing books and often the simple but subtle design usually works best.

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F11 Foto Museum, F. (2017 Alexander Rodchenko) Book cover and text

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F11 Foto Museum, F. (2017) Alexander Rodchenko page in the book – Graphics and fonts
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F11 Foto Museum, F. (2017) Alexander Rodchenko page in book purple backdrop
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F11 Foto Museum, F. (2017) Alexander Rodchenko – page in book Pale red matt backdrop

 

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F11 Foto Museum entrance area – Projected Image – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum ground floor area  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment

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F11 Foto Museum,  Infomation display – Alexander Rodchenko pictured on left of display panel – exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum Display Case of photography books and Above from below & below from above prints  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum – Above from below & below from above – Electricity Tower 1927  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment

I noticed that a lot of his black and white images often had a high contrast look, such as the Electricity Tower image above, or perhaps that’s the way film worked on those old vintage cameras.

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F11 Foto Museum – Above from below & below from above – Top image. The yard in summer- 1928 and bottom image The Yard in Winter 1926  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment

Alexander’s work above was an early form of Repeat Photography or perhaps a pioneer in repeat photography. Edward Ruscha perhaps took some interest in his work also.

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F11 Foto Museum-  By everyone for everyone with everyone. Conveyer Belt 1929, left image & right image Fenders 1929  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum-  By everyone for everyone with everyone. Camshafts 1929, top left image & top right Worker at his bench 1929  –  Bottom left image Clutches 1929 and bottom right Rings 1929 – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum By everyone for everyone with everyone. Asphalting 1929  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum-  The City Moscow section, including the famous, steps 1929 image right  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum-  More from The City Moscow  section  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum-  The left front of art, including the Literary critic Osip Brik image 1924, top right  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum – Seeing the world with fresh eyes section  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum – Photomontage work  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum – more of the “Seeing the world with fresh eyes” section  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum – More Photomontage work  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment
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F11 Foto Museum – more of the “Seeing the world with fresh eyes section” including The Rhine Wheel image 1940, left  – Alexander Rodchenko exhibition 2017 Hong Kong-  Everything Experiment

 

References

Bruno Ceschel, B. (2017). Self Publish, Be Happy. [online] Self Publish, Be Happy. Available at: http://selfpublishbehappy.com/ [Accessed 9 Nov. 2017].

F11 Foto Museum, F. (2017). Current | F11 Foto Museum. [online] F11.com. Available at: http://f11.com/exhibitions [Accessed 30 Oct. 2017].

KIM, E. and HERE, S. (2014). 11 Tips on Making a Photography Book with Bruno Ceschel. [online] ERIC KIM. Available at: http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2014/11/18/11-tips-making-photography-book-bruno-ceschel/ [Accessed 7 Dec. 2017].

Rodchenko, A. (2017). Aleksandr Rodchenko – Russian Photography – Nailya Alexander Gallery. [online] Nailyaalexandergallery.com. Available at: http://www.nailyaalexandergallery.com/russian-photography/aleksandr-rodchenko [Accessed 19 Nov. 2017].

 

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