Pyotr Otsup


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(1883–1963), Russian photojournalist whose long career spanned the last years of the tsarist regime, the revolution, and the consolidation of Soviet power. Apprenticed to a portrait photographer at the age of 9, he published his first picture in 1901. He contributed news pictures to numerous publications and worked as a war photographer in both the Russo-Japanese War (1904–5) and the First World War. In 1917 he covered the revolutionary events in Petrograd, including the storming of the Winter Palace; later the Civil War and the Kronstadt Rising (1921). An enthusiastic supporter of Bolshevism, Otsup became in effect Lenin's personal image maker, creating c. 70 widely distributed reportages and portraits of him between 1918 and 1922. He remained active after 1945 and left an archive of c. 40,000 images.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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