Monument to the photographer, Saint Petersburg (a man under an umbrella)

Monument to the St. Petersburg photographer - a monument to the photographer, located in the center of St. Petersburg, on Malaya Sadovaya Street (near Nevsky Prospekt).

The monument is made of bronze, has a height of 2.5 meters and is a sculptural composition mounted on a low pedestal.

The St. Petersburg photographer is depicted in a standing pose, preparing to take a picture. A camera is placed near the photographer on a high tripod. Under the tripod is a sculpture of a dog-an English bulldog. The photographer himself holds a large open umbrella-cane in his left hand, as a result of which this monument is sometimes called "the man under the umbrella".

The sculpture "Photographer" is a rather "young" monument. It was installed in 2001. The monument was created by the sculptor B. A. Petrov and architects O. A. Kharchenko and L. V. Kanunnikova.

Since its installation, the sculpture has quickly gained popularity, and today it is included in the list of the most popular St. Petersburg monuments.

Also, several signs related to the sculpture have already appeared: if you take a St. Petersburg photographer under the right elbow and take a picture with him, then you will definitely be lucky and successful; for financial well-being, you should hold your little finger for the little finger of the photographer. Well, and to consolidate the result, - to stroke the cute little dog.

The places for which it is customary to hold the sculpture are rubbed to a shine.

The place for the sculpture was not chosen by chance!

The building near which the sculpture is located has a rich history. It was in this house that in the middle of the 19th century there was a photo studio.

During the history of the owners of the photo studio changed, and photography continued. It was not closed even during the siege of Leningrad.

The most famous owner of the photo studio was Karl Karlovich Bulla, a merchant of the second guild, who bought and converted the two upper floors of the house in 1907-1908, and the sign "Photograph of K. K. Bulla" appeared on the house.

Many citizens of St. Petersburg dreamed of taking their photos in the studio of Bulla.

Today, this historic photo studio of St. Petersburg has been recreated and the house houses the "Karl Bulla Museum-Photo Salon", which includes: an exhibition gallery; a balcony with views of Nevsky Prospekt; an archive of historical photographs of Karl Bulla and sons; a bookstore.

The current address of the house with the museum-photo studio: Nevsky Prospekt, 54. But, the house near which the sculpture is installed and the Bull's photo salon was located, until the middle of the 20th century, had a second address-house 3 on Malaya Sadovaya Street.

It is said that the prototype for the photographer's sculpture was Karl Karlovich Bulla. However, the image does not have a portrait resemblance - rather, it is collective. Learn more about the museum-photo salon and the house where it is located…

Practical information

Address of the monument to the St. Petersburg photographer: Malaya Sadovaya Street, 3.

The nearest metrostations are Gostiny Dvor and Nevsky Prospekt.

All accommodation facilities in St. Petersburg, including in the city center and on Nevsky Prospekt, can be viewed and booked here

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