0,10 – Iwan Puni. Werke aus der Sammlung Berninger und Fotografien der russischen Revolution aus der Sammlung Herzog (Benteli Verlag, 2003)

This catalogue accompanied the exhibition “0,10 – Iwan Puni und Fotografien der Russischen Revolution” at Museum Jean Tinguely Basel from 12. April bis 28. September 2003. In this post I will focus on the photographic part of the book.

Die hier gezeigten Aufnahmen stammen von 2 Alben, die Fotografien von den Petrograder Revolutionsfeiern 1918 und 1918/1919 enthalten. Diese beiden Alben wurden vom damaligen Volkskommissariat für Aufklärung in Auftrag gegeben und befinden sich heute in der Fotosammlung Ruth und Peter Herzog. Ein wesentlicher Teil der Aufnahmen stammt von Viktor K. Bulla (1883 – 1944).

Born in 1883 in St. Petersburg, photographer Viktor Bulla, son of Russian photographer Karl Bulla began his career in his family photo agency. He first received recognition on his own during the Russian-Japanese war at age 19. During this time, Bulla held the position of photojournalist to the Siberian Reserve Brigade. His works were published in the journals Nivaand Sparks and later reprinted in Russian newspapers and magazines.

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After the beginning of World War I, Bulla returned to work in his father’s photo agency shooting numerous events of 1917-1918, including the documentary film on the February Revolution of 1917, the “Chronicle of the revolution in Petrograd.” Bulla then photographed the events of the October 1917 uprising and directed the photography of the Petrograd Soviet. Nailya Alexander Gallery