Moscow: Государственное издательство изобрази, 1931. First edition. Softcover. Elephant Folios. 16.5x12". Vols.1-6: 39pp.  each. Vol.7-8: Unpaginated (34 pages), Vol.9: Unpaginated (40 pages), Vol.10: Unpaginated (32 pages). Stapled printed wrappers with covers in various colors. The back covers of issues #3-4 are illustrated with maps. This collections contains a consecutive run of the first 10 issues from 1931, of the famed photo-illustrated Soviet periodical. Vols. 1-2 are together in one, as are #7-8. Each issue is profusely illustrated throughout with countless gorgeously-rendered large b/w and sepia-toned photogravures, depicting and promoting manufacturing, industrial and construction projects taking place across the Soviet Union, and documenting the rapid economic, social, infrastructural and industrial transformation of the county during the period. Done in a generally "socialist realist style", the publication also features some interesting examples of photomontage. Each issue focuses on one or a few different projects or industries and features striking images taken by many of the most notable Soviet photographers of the era, including Arkady Shaikhet, Max Alpert, Georgy Petrusov, and Boris Ignatovich. Also features contributions from Alexander Rodchenko. In addition to these original Russian-language issues publication was famously also issued in French, German, English and later in 1938 in Spanish.
Text in Russian.
Wrappers of some issues with some light rubbing/and or bumping to extremities, and along the spine. Some light smudges and/or stains to the covers. Interiors with some sporadic light foxing and/or smudges. A few pages contain closed tears. Most images are unaffected, and are clean and bright. Wrappers in good+ to very good-, interiors in very good- to very good+ condition overall. Protected by modern mylar, in a grey carboard portfolio. Item #43571
* During this time (1931) acclaimed photographer John Heartfield was working on and advising in the production of this publication.