Museum of History of Photography

ul. Józefitów 16, 30-045 Kraków


The Museum of History of Photography in Kraków is the only museum in Poland where photography and the art of its development is the only object of study.

Apart from stereograms, autochromes, ambrotypes, albumen prints, glass film pictures and celluloid film pictures, the museum also features a rich collection of cameras and dark room equipment.

The essential part of the photographs constitutes a documentation of historical and cultural events. The most valuable are stereograms commemorating the siege of Paris of 1871, the events of the Polish defence in September 1939 as well as Italian cityscapes and coloured albums depicting Japanese landscapes. The museum also contains a collection of the first coloured slides – autochromes from the years 1908-1912, taken by Tadeusz Rząca.

An important element of the museum's activity is its interest in artistic photography resulting in exhibitions of recognised foreign artists as well as the most outstanding Polish creators. At the same time, thanks to obtaining especially interesting works, a collection of contemporary artistic photography is being compiled, which presents significant tendencies and the acquis of important authors from the country and abroad. These include: E. Lessing – photographer collaborating with Associated Press and Magnum Photos; and W. Crump and J. Fergusson who work with a pinhole camera. The museum's collection includes works of numerous Polish artists who represent different trends and styles.

Fortunata Obrąpalska represents the avant-garde of the 40s and the realism of the 50s. Edward Hartwig's works include classic landscapes as well as interesting formal experiments. On the other hand, the art of Jerzy Lewczyński is full of metaphorical symbolism, which can be seen in his sets combined of several photographs. He was also involved in the so-called "photography's archaeology". Andrzej Różycki is an artist who gives his images a unique and deeply humanist and symbolical meaning, referring to different areas of human existence. Apart from the masters of photography, the museum also promotes young and talented artists, whose works complement the collection.

No admission fee on Sundays. No admission fee with a valid ID card for: museum employees, art history students, teachers and students of art schools, the disabled, group minders and tour guides.

Translation: Summa Linguae

Date: 2013-07-15 Show ticket
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