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Tracing History of Photography
September 30, 2009   
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The National Museum in Warsaw is exhibiting PhotoSensitive: Collections of Photographs at the National Museum in Warsaw until Nov. 15. Nearly 1,000 from the museum's archive of some 70,000 photographs will be on show.

This unique collection was started in 1863 when the museum purchased its first four prints from Karol Beyer, one of the fathers of Polish photography. Since the start of the 20th century, it has steadily grown with bequests from Polish art collectors specializing in 19th century photographs, both Polish and European.

The collection includes documentary photographs purchased by the museum dating from World War I and the interwar period. After World War II, it was also extended by private collections which had belonged to the Polish aristocracy.

Part of the exhibition consists of photographs taken by Polish writers such as Eliza Orzeszkowa or Ignacy Kraszewski. It will also showcase the work of contemporary Polish photographers, which are continuously acquired by the museum, as well as bequeathed or deposited by both companies and individuals.

Only original photographs will be shown: from the earliest daguerreotypes to unique artistic paper prints from the 19th and 20th centuries. Through them the visitor can follow the advance of photographic techniques.

The catalogue of the exhibition, containing all the photographs as well as notes on the various photographers will be available in a Polish-English version.
National Museum in Warsaw,; 3 Jerozolimskie Ave.; Entrance: zl.17, concessions zl.10.; Tue. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Wed.-Thu. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.,
Fri. noon- 9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon- 6 p.m.
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