Arkadii Shaikhet

Shaikhet, Arkadii Samoilovich


Born Aug. 28 (Sept. 9), 1898, in Nikolaev; died Nov. 18, 1959, in Moscow. Soviet photographer; one of the founders of Soviet photojournalism.

From 1922 to 1924, Shaikhet worked as a retoucher in a private photographer’s studio in Moscow. Beginning in 1924 he contributed to the magazines Ogonek, SSSR na stroike, and Nashi dostizheniia. An important series of his photographs constitutes a chronicle of the first five-year plans. During the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45, Shaikhet took many pictures at the front.

Shaikhet was awarded two orders and various medals.


Aleksandrov, A. I., and A. A. Shaikhet. Arkadii Shaikhet. [Moscow, 1973.]
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Morris Engel chronicled life in Harlem, and Henri Cartier-Bresson documented the modest vacations of French workers, but nowhere was this impulse to exceed the party's economism better exemplified than in the immensely successful and widely imitated 1931 photo-essay "24 Hours in the Life of a Moscow Worker Family," by Maks Al'pert, Arkadii Shaikhet, and Semen Tules.