Alexey Brodovitch

Бродович, Алексей Вячеславович

Photographer, graphic designer, art director

Born Ogolichi (Russia), 1 May 1898

Died Le Thor (France), 15 April 1971


Before 1917 Brodovich studied at the St. Petersburg Tenisheva School. He joined the White Army in 1917 and was severely wounded. In 1920 emigrated over Constantinople to Paris were he worked as a book designer, poster artistand scene painter for Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. In 1930 he moved to New York where he worked as a designer and art director for "Harper's Bazaar" magazine. As a freelance he worked for Saks of Fifth Avenue (1941-1949) and "Portfolio" magazine (1949-51). He taught at the Cooper Union (1940), the Pratt Institute (1940), the New School of Social Research (1941-1949), the American Institute of Graphic Arts (1964) and the School of Visual Arts (1964-1965), all in New York. In 1967 he returned to France where he lived and worked near Auvergne close to the Luberon Mountains.