History. Max penson - A guide in timeAn
exhibition of photo works of Max Penson, the famous master of
photography, opened at the Tashkent House of Photography
(Akhunbabaeva Street) on 4th march 2005. The exhibition
is organized by the Embassy of Switzerland in Uzbekistan and carries
the name "Unknown Penson".
The master is known throughout the world. His work -
photoportrait "Uzbek Madonna" was awarded a Grand-prix and a gold
medal in Paris in 1938. Photo works "Farceur", "Master", "Sage" and
many others, which are the visit cards of the artist, are known to
many. However, the major part of photographs was not presented to
the public, and this includes thousands and thousands of pictures.
The master lived by the rule "Not a day without a film". In the
period of over 25 years of active creative life M.Penson was never
on vacation and worked without holidays. And so, thanks to the
laborious, almost half a century long work of his daughter Dina
Penson-Khojaeva and her husband Fayzulla Khojaev - a famous film
documentalist, the works were collected (saved during the earthquake
in 1966) and restored.
During these days 160 previously unknown works are presented at
the exhibition. They reflect the boisterous life of constructing a
socialist sate after the revolution in 1917. The period was
difficult in all aspects of the history of USSR and Uzbekistan, when
people experienced losses, broke stereotypes, survived tragedies.
And, nevertheless, there is a large number of happy people on
M.Penson's photographs. Photographs radiate inner light, they are
charged with the energy of personages. The photographs do not just
take us to those distant years, but also teach us. The photographer
opened up the souls of heroes of the pictures in front of us.
Therefore, the works' names are simple: "Mothers studying", "New
purchases", "Lullaby", "Wise men" and others.
Time Out Tashkent magazine thanks the embassy of Switzerland for
the interest to our land, for attention paid to the man who did much
for Uzbekistan and its history. M.Penson had four children. Three of
them followed in their father's footsteps. This is understandable.
His daughter Dina Penson-Khojaeva recalls: "We simple bathed in
photographs. Woke up in the morning and saw - the entire apartment
is hanged all over with photographs". Dina Penson is a master of
photography herself. She worked on television for over 35 years,
traveled many countries of the world with a camera. She kindly
agreed to cooperate with our magazine and in the next issues more
Max Penson's and Dina Penson-Khojaeva's photographs will be
published. We inform photography and history admirers that the
exhibition will last till March 18, 2005.
Max Penson. Born on 15th March
1893, in Vilij (present Byelorussia). Son of a poor bookbinder.
Completed a 4-year city college owing to his purposefulness and
effort. Was accepted to the drawing school named after S.N. Yujanin
in Vilnus. In 1914 he moved to Turkestan. Lived in Kokand. Worked as
an art and sketching teacher in an Uzbek school. Married in 1922.
His wife, Elizabeth assumed the household affairs and took care of
children, giving her husband an opportunity to create. M.Penson was
awarded a prize - camera for accelerated work. In1927 he was
enrolled into the staff of the Republican newspaper "Pravda Vostoka"
(East's truth). His works were published in Soviet magazines and
newspapers - "Pravda" (Truth), "Izvetsiya" (News) and others.
died on 19th June, 1959 in Tashkent.