Of the noted Soviet poster artists of the photomontage and Socialist Realism aesthetics, Viktor Borisovich Koretskii stands out as one of the most iconic. Koretskii attended the Secondary Professional Art School in Moscow from 1921 to 1929. He began working as a professional graphic designer in 1931 and he immediately gained recognition in the Soviet Union. His professional break-through occurred while working for the major state publishing houses Iskusstvo and Ogiz-Izogiz. During this that period of his work, he concentrated on (and perfected) his technique of photomontage. However, the period of the early 1930s in the Soviet Union meant that Koretskii had to move away from his own avant-garde style of discontinuous photomontage in order to be more consistent with the Socialist Realist dogma dictated by the government. During the 1930s, Koretskii also worked as an artistic director and decorator for Nikolai Okhlopkov 's Realistic Theatre and for Yurii Zavadsky's theatre-studio. From 1939 to 1987, he was a member of the editorial board of the film advertising publishing house Reklamfilm.
The Kalinin Poligrafkombinat of Soiuzpoligrafprom was located at 5 Lenin Ave. (formerly Voroshilov Street) in Kalinin (now known as Tver), a city northwest of Moscow. Poligrafkombinat is the portmanteau word for "printing plant". It was under the management of the printing trust, Soiuzpoligrafprom (All-Union Association of Printing Enterprises).
Planeta (Planet) Publishing was a state-owned, Moscow publisher that was formed in 1969. It was located at 8-11 Petrovka Street and it served as a contract publisher for Goskomizdat USSR (State Committee on Publishing in the USSR) in addition to publishing literature for the USSR Journalists Union. Planet issued posters, photo portraits, photo-illustrated books, postcards, calendars and it published the magazine Soviet Photo (A.K.A. Photography Magazine)-- the chief periodical for Soviet and Eastern Bloc photojournalists. Planet Publishing also developed co-editions with non-Soviet publishers. The publishing house was dissolved around 1991.