Treivas Architecture Buro

Emmanuil Yevzerikhin. Photographs that did not exist


Emmanuil Noevich Yevzerikhin was one of the masters of soviet photography. His exhibition at the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Centre consisted of two parts; lesser known photographs taken in 1957, 1960 and 1965 in Moscow’s Choral Synagogue, and Yevzerikhin’s famous works, known to many who lived in Soviet Moscow.

The exhibition was located in a side passage of the museum. The aim was to intrigue and lure visitors away from the main exhibition.

In order to fit all the photographs within a relatively short and narrow passage, they were hung sideways in a tight row, using a system of counterweights. The visitor had to pull a frame down in order to see a photograph, as if extracting a desired article from a suspended archive.

‘Hiding’ the photographs from full view generated curiosity and desire to uncover and study each element in more detail.

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