Museum of History of Photograprahy in Krakow

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Museum of History of Photography in Krakow was founded in 1986 and owns over 70,000 objects - photographs and photographic equipment, which make up for the rich collection presenting the history of photography from its beginnings to the present days. The collection includes press, documentary, portrait, amateur and artistic photography, mostly from Poland. Besides photography, permanent exhibition presents ancient techniques and development of photographic technology.

Museum’s collection – since 1997 – has been regularly catalogued in the digital database and – since 2000 – digitized. A milestone in process of digitalizing object was participation in funding program run by Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Museum has run own website since 1997 and since 2010, Museum is systematically sharing its collection via on-line catalogue - one of the first of this kind in Poland.

Partner contribution to the project

Museum will make available collection of 3000 photographs from period 1839-1939, with a large number of portrait-atelier pictures illustrating changes in fashion and different approaches to the process of creating persons effigy. We will share photographs documenting social events and big civil-engineering projects in the Eastern Europe, such as construction of railway in the Carpathians, construction of the Vistula-Danube channel. Important part will be also the amateur photographs form family albums, which seems to be particularly interesting, reflecting private lives of European citizens.

Lot nad Tatrami, Rysy, Gerlach, Flight over the Tatra Mountains, Rysy, Gerlach. Poland, 20’s/30’s of 20th century. Paper, toned black&white positive. 11,5 x 16,5 cm. © MHFSchool class. Ukraine, Lviv, 1931. Paper, black&white positive. 9 x 13,8 cm. MHF 19394/II. Copyright: © MHFSchoolgirl with Tyta. Poland, Górny Śląsk, ca. 1920  1939. Glass plate, gelatin-silver black&white negative. 15 x 10 cm. © MHFAdvertisement of the movie “Ben Hur — the biggest film ever made”. Poland, after 1926. Paper, toned black&white positive. 8,9 x 13,2 cm. MHF 14501/II. Copyright: © MHF