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A dim light. The photographs of Michał Greim (1828–1911)

The Ethnographic Museum in Krakow is pleased to announce the exhibition “A dim light. The photographs of Michał Greim (1828–1911)”, which is a presentation of the work of Michał Greim preserved in the Museum collection. Almost fifty original prints on show here are the biggest body of work by this outstanding yet long forgotten photographer ever to go on display.
Greim, who settled and worked in Kamieniec Podolski (now Kamianets Podilskyi, Ukraine), was a member of that generation of artisan photographers who saw running a studio offering photographic services to the public as an opportunity to make a good living; like many, he nevertheless came up against the reality of serving a poor market. He tried his hand at several trades – was a second-hand bookseller, for instance – but throughout his life grappled with financial difficulties. The prints held in the archives of the Ethnographic Museum are among his most typical photographic works: the characteristic folk faces of Podolia and Bessarabia, Jews, and practitioners of all kinds of now obsolete professions: executioner, cooper, fishmonger. This important document of the age is at once an impressive artistic achievement; Greim can be counted among the most interesting Polish photographers of the nineteenth century. His work, like that of many other Polish photographers, has experienced a revaluation: by virtue of his talent, Greim grew from a documentalist and artisan into an eminent artist, and his photographs have begun to gain recognition as psychological portraits.

Dom Esterki, 46 Krakowska Street

26th July – 22nd December 2013

Opening: 25th July 2013 at 6 p.m.

Exhibition curator: Wojciech Nowicki
  • Program regionalny
  • województwo maloposkie
  • Unia Europejska
The following Project is cofinanced by the European Union under the Małopolska Regional Operational Programme for the years 2007 – 2013