TIRANA, August 19
On the occasion of World Photo Day, we remember the unique work of three generations of photographers, the Marubi Dynasty. This fall, a special exhibition dedicated to Marubi photographers will be hosted by Foam Museum in Amsterdam.
The exhibition entitled “Dynasty Marubi – A hundred years of Albanian studio photography” will take place form September 16 to November 27. It will showcase a selection of photos from an extensive collection of 150,000 glass negatives that currently are part of Marubi Museum in Shkodra. Italian photographer Pietro Marubi arrived at the northern city of Shkodra around 1850, about a decade after photography was invented. There he started the first photography studio in the region, using the wet plate process. After Pietro’s death, his assistant Kel adopted the same surname as a tribute to him. He ran the studio himself and eventually passed it on to his son Gege.
These three dynasties created the collection that nowadays includes portraits or poor and rich Albanian people, an Ottoman emperor, King Zog and foreigners. Not only people but also important events from the social and political life of an entire century were documented in their photographs.
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