For four decades
Steef Davidson, born in 1943, has been infected with what is called in
Dutch 'verzamelwoede' (collection mania, collection vengeance) being both
a participator and a preservator of shaking events that changed society:
happenings, jazz, dope, prisoner’s movement, squatting, red power,
black power, underground press, comics, street poetry, printer collectives,
and protest movements of all kinds...
|American comix||Beeldenstorm||Fuckbook||The art of protest||USSR in construction|
Selection of Russian posters from the collection of Steef Davidson
|selection 1-9||selection 10-24||selection 25-33||selection 34-48||selection 49-57|
The pictures shown are not of an optimal quality, they are only meant to give a first impression of the kind of material and the quality one can find in the collection of Steef Davidson. This is the first half of a selection of 119 posters. The collection itself is much bigger and Russian posters are one of the many subjects it covers.
The captions are taken from handwritten notes on the contact sheets in the handwriting of Steef Davidson and are sometimes difficult to read and still need correction.
Technically these pictures are based just on a set of color photocopies I borrowed from Steef. They have actually gone through the following stages: 1) big size color slides of the original; 2) color photocopies on a sort of jumbo sheets of these slides; 4) the A3 size jumbo size color photo copies have been scanned in a high resolution; 5) individual posters have been digitally cut out from these scans and indivudally cropped and somehow color corrected and contrasts have been reset; 6) these 1 to 2 MB photoshop files have been used as a basis for generating the horizontal scroll pages, using my own program: 'Ars Memoria System'.
Tjebbe van Tijen 30/10/2004