Katherine M. H. Reischl is Assistant Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. She has published on the figure of Tolstoy in the history of photography and illustrated Soviet children’s books; her monograph, Photographic Literacy: Cameras in the Hands of Russian Authors, is forthcoming with Cornell University Press.
Katherine M. H. Reischl
In the Soviet School of Photography: Lessons in Photographic Literacy
By the mid-1930s, the literary works of the aging Russian naturalist author Mikhail Prishvin abounded in the Soviet press, from children’s books to literary journals. But despite a long list of publications, the author has been relegated to a secondary position in the Soviet literary canon. It has only been with the recent publication of his vast and detailed diaries that Prishvin’s authorial persona has sparked growing scholarship and interest. And it was not until December 2015 that viewers were able to see the first exhibition of his equally meticulous and remarkable photographs.