Materias Investigacion::Arquitectura Frank Whitson Fetter Photography Architectural history Kazan Temples Duke libary
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Krasheninnkova, T., Abilova, R., (2016) ""Architectural History of Kazan in photographs (by Frank Whitson Fetter)"" En: Alcolea, R.A, Tárrago-Mingo, J., (eds.), en Congreso internacional: Inter photo arch ""Interferencias"", celebrado en Pamplona, los días 2 al 4 de Noviembre de 2016, (pp. 142-151)
This paper is dedicated to the architectural history of Kazan depicted in photographs by
an American economist Frank Whitson Fetter (1902-1991). He visited the Union of Soviet
Socialist Republics in the summer of 1930. During this visit he spent 6 weeks in Kazan, the
capital of the Tatar Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. Here Fetter studied the Russian
language with a tutor. At present, the photographs he took in Kazan are kept at the
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University. As an amateur
photographer, Fetter took many photographs of Kazan and its outskirts. But his photos
differ from tourists’ typical snapshots. Fetter had an interest in the Soviet propaganda.
Historic and architectural sights were captured by the photographer if only they were
paired with the information of the ideological or economic content. Nevertheless, Fetter`s
photographs contain much important information about the architectural history of Kazan.
The authors made an attempt to examine Fetter`s series of photographs which was named
“Disappearing Kazan” (precisely, “Kazan Temples”). The leading research method used in this
study is a dichotomy of concepts -visible/ invisible. The findings of this research can be of
some interest to historians.