Moscow: OGIZ, Molodaia gvardiia, 1932. First edition. Softcover. Oblong 12mo (6 3/4 x 9 3/4"). Unpaginated. pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers, with red and black lettering to front cover.
"Elements of this aesthetic were utilized by Vladimir Griuntal’, a member of the October group, in the children’s book Chto eto takoe? (What is this?), which transforms defamiliarization into a game for the child reader.
In the first half of the work, Griuntal’’s snimki-zagadki (“snapshot-puzzles”) ask the reader to guess at what is being pictured in black-and-white Constructivist photographs and, at the same time, to solve a seemingly unrelated arithmetic problem. The answers to these visual and arithmetic puzzles are revealed in the latter half of the book.
Objects which initially were shot from unexpected angles or shown in an unrecognizable close-up (such as a tea kettle shot from above) are revealed from a more familiar angle in the second half of the book. Here the photographed object and the solution to the mathematical problem are re-familiarized as a complete picture of a recognizable object from everyday life." (from the 2011 exhibition "Adventures in the Soviet Imaginary: Children's Books and Graphic Art," organized by the The University of Chicago Library).
Wrappers age-toned and slightly creased along edges. Text in Russian. Wrappers in overall good, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #46728