In 1946, still a photography student, Borodulin was assigned by the Soviet government to collect photographs that documented the Soviet army's victory over the German forces -- from the defense of the homeland to the occupation of Berlin -- in which he himself participated as a soldier. In time, the young photographer developed a discerning eye and an ability to identify good photographs; and, during his years as a photojournalist, he asked his colleagues for personal prints of photos that he considered outstanding. As it turned out, most of the images Borodulin chose later became the milestones of Russian photography. In this manner, Borodulin managed to build a unique collection, in cooperation with his son Alexander, who later joined him in this family enterprise.
The exhibition is made possible by the donors to the Museum's 2004 Exhibition Fund: Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond J. Learsy, Aspen, Colorado; Hanno D. Mott, New York; and the Nash Family Foundation, New York.