I’m going to start scanning pictures from one of my favourite books, The Soviet Image. I bought it for five dollars and it is full of fantastic photos.
Moscow Art Theatre
The Moscow Art Theatre is generally considered the first modern theatre. Cofounded in 1897 by the director Konstantin Stanislavsky, the theatre moved away from the highly stylised, melodramatic approach of the nineteenth century toward a more realistic method of acting and production. Its first great success was its 1898 staging of Anton Checkhov’s play The Seagull. In this 1899 photo, Checkhov looks directly into the camera, surrounded by the theatre ensemble. Stanislavsky (fourth from the left in the back row) is busily chatting up the ladies.