Dmitry Ilyich Leshchenko
1876 - 1937
One of the main figures in the Soviet cinema industry, a professor at the Leningrad Technological Institute. In 1917 he was the First Secretary of the State Commission on Education. In 1918 he directed the Petrograd Cinema Committee, in 1918-21 he was the Chairman of the All-Russian Department of Photography and Cinematography. In 1923–1929 he was the director of a school of photography and cinematography. He organized a presentation of Prokudin-Gorsky’s photographs in the Winter Palace in March 1918. In May 1918 he recommended Prokudin-Gorsky to Lenin for appointment to the Expedition for the Procurement of State Documents. Leshchenko was repressed in 1937.