Artist: Alexander Rodchenko (Russian, St. Petersburg 1891–1956 Moscow)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Dimensions: 29.3 x 23.4 cm (11 9/16 x 9 3/16 in.)
Credit Line: Ford Motor Company Collection, Gift of Ford Motor Company and John C. Waddell, 1987
Accession Number: 1987.1100.5
Avant-garde photographers generally were not much interested in landscape, a genre associated with pastoral and sublime notions. Rodchenko characteristically found the natural setting of his country house accidental and unorganized: "A bush here, a tree there, a gully, nettles." There seemed nothing to make a photograph from, he wrote, until he looked up to see the trees towering above him "like telephone poles." His raking shot from below proposes vertigo instead of a sylvan calm, a dynamic alternative to the traditional horizons of the landscape view.