Kino-Fot

Kino-Fot (Russian: Кино-фот) was a Russian magazine dedicated to cinema produced from 1922 to 1923 under the editorship of Aleksei Gan. A total of six issues of the magazine were produced, five in 1922 with a sixth in 1923. The contributors included Vladimir Mayakovsky, Dziga Vertov and Lev Kuleshov.[1] It was, for a while, the principal journal of the emerging cinematic industry in the Soviet Union.[2]

Rodchenko and Stepanova, with covers of Kino-Fot on display behind them

The magazine is credited for being an avant-garde influence for the creative flow the 1920s, bringing new abstract photomontage and typographic designs.[3]

Issue 1, 25–31 August 1922Edit

The first issue contained Vertov's statement "We: Variant of a Manifesto" which commenced with a distinction between "kinoks" and other approaches to the emergent cinematic industry:

"We call ourselves kinoks – as opposed to "cinematographers", a herd of junkmen doing rather well peddling their rags.
We see no connection between true kinochestvo and the cunning and calculation of the profiteers.
We consider the psychological Russo-German film-drama – weighed down with apparitions and childhood memories – an absurdity."[4]

Hyppolite Sokolov wrote those introductory lines : "Cinema - a new philosophy. Cinema's language, analytical or synthetic, is the new esperanto of the futur. Cinema - a new science. It will replace newspapers, will help scientists and teachers. The straight line is everywhere : town, American architecture, etc. It is opposed to the curved line (nature). Our era is the one of geometric and mechanic beauty [...] Alone on the screen stands the automated man, of the new industry, the man who walks in a taylorized fashion. We need H.G. Wells".[5]

Issue 3, 19–25 September 1922Edit

This issue included drawings by Varvara Stepanova, a drawing by Alexander Rodchenko of a proposed building for the All-Russian Congress of Soviets and an article by him about Charlie Chaplin.

Issue 6, 8 January 1923Edit

This issue included an article by Vertov, "Kino-Pravda" which related to a series of documentaries Kino-Pravda the first of which had been released in June 1922.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kino-fot - Monoskop". monoskop.org. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  2. ^ Lodder, Christina (December 2000). "Promoting Constructivism: Kino-fot and Rodchenko's move into photography". History of Photography. 24 (4): 292–299. doi:10.1080/03087298.2000.10443423. ISSN 0308-7298. S2CID 191452064.
  3. ^ "Kino-fot Digital Archive". East View. Retrieved 2020-12-16.
  4. ^ "We: Variant of a Manifesto" (PDF). monoskop.org.
  5. ^ Albéra, François (1990). Eisenstein et le constructivisme russe ; Stuttgart, dramaturgie de la forme (in French). L'AGE D'HOMME. pp. 152–153. ISBN 978-2-8251-0085-1.CS1 maint: date and year (link)