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The Walery Rzewuski Museum of History of Photography in Cracow

The Walery Rzewuski Museum of History of Photography in Cracow

ul. Józefitów 16


Public visiting hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11:00 – 18:00
Saturday - Sunday  10:00 – 15:30

 

www.mhf.krakow.pl
foto@mhf.krakow.pl

The Walery Rzewuski Museum of the History of Photography in Krakow is the only nationally administrated museum of its kind in Poland founded in 1986. The Museum, assembles, processes, maintains, conserves, and makes available to the public items of cultural significance from the fields of photographic history, technology, and art. It also conducts academic, educational, exhibition and publishing activities. The mansion, in which the museum is located, is a registered protected landmark, located at ul. Józefitów 16. In addition to stereoscopic photographs, autochrome lumières, daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, albumen photography, photos on glass clichés and celluloid film, there is a rich collection of cameras and photographic studio equipment.

An important part of the collection is the documentation of historical and cultural events. The most valuable are the stereoscopic photos of the siege of Paris in 1871, the events of the defence of Poland in 1939, and images of Italian cities and coloured albumens depicting Japanese landscapes.

The museum has a collection of extraordinarily rare photography – autochromes by Cracovian photographer Tadeusz Rząca, mostly dating from the years 1908 to 1912. They present views of Krakow, Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, the Tatras and many other places in Małopolska. Also worthy of note are the works of Jan Bułhak, who is among Poland’s preeminent photographers, theorists and animators and of the interwar period.

Among the over five hundred cameras found in the museum's collections, of particular interest is the large-format travel camera in the permanent exhibition. It could be used to take photographs on glass plates up to 30 x 40 cm in size. The camera was built in Germany in the 1890s and equipped with a high-quality Euryscop No. 6 lens produced by the Voigtländer & Sohn Company from Brunswick.
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The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013