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500 thousand negatives of the Photo Library ‘Marubi’ towards UNESCO, Bedeni: We have no doubt, the file will be accepted!

  • 3/27/2021 4:54 PM
500 thousand negatives of the Photo Library ‘Marubi’ towards UNESCO, Bedeni: We have no doubt, the file will be accepted!

The file of the Marubi Museum archive collection with 500 thousand negatives is ready for UNESCO. Director Lucjan Bedeni recounts the work done to make the "Marubi" collection, part of the world intangible heritage, a work that started two years ago, right after the inauguration of the new building of the "Marubi" Museum.

The National Photo Library ‘Marubi’ was established in 1970. The photo library is mainly related to the well-known Marubi family, starting with the first Albanian photographer, Pjetër Marubi and after him, with Kel and Gegë Marubi.

These photographers are the authors of about 200,000 negatives. 150,000 of them are stored in high quality silver bromide plates. About 250,000 negatives of photos were taken by other well-known photographers from Shkodra such as Pici, Jakova, Raboshta and Nenshati. The first album "Traces of national history in the Marubi Photo Library" by Kahreman Ulqini was published in 1982.

500 thousand negatives, dating from 1858 are stored in it, in silver bromide plates. 7000 negatives on glass plates or stamps on paper, mostly anonymous authors, are stored in the State Archive in Tirana. 2800 negatives on glass plates belonging to the end of the XIX century until before the Second World War, are in the funds of the Center for Albanological Studies. Fixed images by Margaret Hasluck, Sotir Bey, A. Kokoshi, Ugolini, Venetiku, Rrok Zojzi. But, the "Idromeno" Fund has about 1285 stamped glass plates.

/Klara Ruci/