Congratulations to photographers on their professional holiday

Photographer's Day is celebrated annually on July 12th. Several explanations exist as to why Photographer's Day is held on this day. The most popular and widespread version - July 12 is the day of St. Veronica - the patroness of photographers and photography. According to legend, this woman followed Jesus as he walked to Calvary and loaded down with the cross. Veronica ran up to Jesus, gave him water to drink and gave him her dress (a piece of cloth) so that the martyr could wipe the sweat from his face. Upon returning home, Veronica found the imprinted image of Jesus on the fabric. According to the second, the unpoetic version, the date was chosen in honor of George Eastman birthday - the Kodak company founder, the man who made photography accessible to everyone.

The International Festival "Day of Photographer" is taking place in Russia these days. Workshop sessions on overly risky, live event and family circle photography arouse particular interest of the participants. Dozens of professional specialists from all over the world are invited to the event. The culmination of the celebration is the "Photographer of the Year" award is the pinnacle event of celebration.

Today we cannot imagine our life without photography, not only in the everyday life, but in cultural landscape as well - photography has long become the permanent part of many art exhibitions. Festivals and competitions for photographers of various art styles and directions are held at the international level.

One of these trends is photography of art items. While examining an art museum or exhibition, the amateur photographer feels a natural desire not only to keep in his memory the works he likes, but also to capture them with the means that are at his disposal. Photographing of works of art becomes a real academy of mastery for the amateur photographer, regardless of his basic business. Photography of an art item often plays the role of the authentic object of research, assisting to study of art items that are separated from researchers by enormous distances and times. In order to meet all these tasks, a photography should correctly and technically perfectly reflect the subject. All essential details of the items should look sharp and well-defined read - both when highlighted and foggaged.

The images that a photographer takes are actually not that different from the paintings that artist creates. Artists use a variety of colors and shapes to bring their vision and ideas to life. Photographers use different items for compositions, lighting to convey their own message. The connection item – photographer – public is very essential in photography.

We acquaint with the majority of art works in absentia - for the first time we see the images in books, magazines, catalogues. Later we see them in the museums and at the exhibitions; hence we do not often have this opportunity. Museum photographer becomes a real guide to the world of art and history, since thanks to the museum photography; people from any place of the world can be acquainted with the exhibits that are exhibited thousands of kilometers away. Museum photography can be considered the separate art branch. Museum photographer should have rather wide range of professional skills and practical experience in photographing various items made of glass, porcelain, precious metal, wood, gemstones, parchment, marble and other materials, including rare and exotic ones. Apart from professional skills and mastery, a museum photographer should have an artist's vision", after all, he is faced with the task of conveying the exhibit, its details and features in photographic format as accurately, reliably and without distortion as possible.

Today we are glad to have the opportunity to congratulate all photographers on their professional holiday. Please accept our sincere words of gratitude for your creative work, your invaluable contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage.

The museum Collection repository features a large quantity of photographs dating back to the late 19th - early 20th centuries. One can examine the pre-revolutionary Russian cities scenery, old photographs of the Imperial family members, made in the workshop of the first court photographers - Sergey Levitsky and Karl Bergamasco. However, the selection of genre and scenic photographs of the Caucasus - the native land the museum Collection founder, David Iakobachvili  created by one of the first Russian professional photographers Dmitri Yermakov, holds a separate place. His life story is posted under the heading "Audio Stories". The biography of the photographer, traveler and ethnographer Dmitri  Yermakov is in the section Authors.