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Markov-Grinberg photograph of a Ukrainian coal miner and iconic Soviet worker hero

Object | Accession Number: 2005.565.7

Photographic print of Ukrainian miner, Nikita Izotov, by Mark Markov-Grinberg. In 1934, Markov-Grinberg was commissioned by TASS to create a photo essay about a day in the life of coal miner Nikita Izotov. Markov was to depict Izotov as a progressive man and show the good life of Soviet miners. He lived for six months with the Izotov family and created an iconic portrait of the Socialist worker hero. The published photo essay circulated in European publications, including Belgium and France, and the full series of fourteen photographs appeared in the German Workers Illustrated Newspaper. The Izotov photo essay was a sensation in Russia and launched Markov-Grinberg's career as a Stalin-era photographer. He was a major Social Realist photographer during the 1930s-1940s, working for major newspapers and journals. He was a war correspondent during the Soviet-Finnish War from 1939-1940 and, in 1941, was drafted to fight in World War II. While a soldier, he continued his work as a photographer and army correspondent. After the war, Markov-Grinberg returned to his job at TASS.

Artwork Title
Nikita Izotov, Distinguished Miner of Donbass Coal Region, Ukraine
depiction:  1934
creation: Donets Basin (Ukraine and Russia)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Stephen Nicholas
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:08:41
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