Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ermakov Photostudio

Photographer, collector and entrepeneur 
@ the Nederlands Fotomuseum

From 14 June to 31 August 2014, the Nederlands Fotomuseum will present more than a hundred vintage prints from the archives of the photographer, collector and entrepreneur Dimitri Ermakov (Georgia, 1846 - 1916). This substantial collection consists of pictures that Ermakov made himself, supplemented by photos made by contemporaries from the Caucasus. The pictures give a unique depiction of the Caucasus - which is still relatively unknown to many people in the Western Europe – at the end of the 19th century. Everyday life, the population and the landscapes, as well as the early modernization of the region, have been captured conscientiously and in great detail. Ermakov later opened a photostudio in Tbilisi (capital of Georgia) where he, as a modern entrepreneur, sold photos from his collection. Ermakov’s archives belong to the few reasonably complete photo archives to have survived from this period, and are therefore of great historical significance. The archives are kept in the National Museum of Georgia and have been restored and preserved by the restoration department of the National Museum of Georgia and the Nederlands Fotomuseum over the past ten years. Stichting Horizon has been closely involved in the restoration. 
LINK Nederlands Fotomuseum

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