Early Color Photos on Show
August 29, 2013
Poland’s first ever color photograph— taken in 1909—is among items on show in an exhibition of work by photographer Stanisław Wilhelm Lilpop at Warsaw’s History Meeting House venue.
The exhibition marks 150 years since Lilpop, a Polish industrialist and socialite as well as a talented photographer, was born.
Lilpop, who was also an avid hunter and explorer, started experimenting with photography in the early 20th century, pursuing the then innovative techniques of stereoscopy and color photography. The History Meeting House exhibition, available in both Polish and English, is Poland’s first ever overview of photographs by Lilpop. It comprises 180 photos, including 30 stereoscopic images and over a dozen color photographs.
Lilpop took his first photos in 1907 or 1908. The ones included in the exhibition reflect his interests and document numerous trips he made to different parts of Poland, Europe and Africa in 1910-1911. Visitors to the History Meeting House can also see scenes from the social life of Warsaw and hunting parties, self-portraits and pictures of Lilpop’s friends and family, most notably his daughter Anna. Along with snapshots of historical events from the early 20th century, the pictures depict the everyday lives of Lilpop’s contemporaries, especially those from his social class.
The exhibition comes with a picture book containing three-dimensional photographs.
Until Nov. 17
History Meeting House; 20 Karowa St.
Open Tue.-Fri. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun.-Sat. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.