05.11.2021

Today is the Day of Viewing Old Photos

The Вay of viewing old photographs has been celebrated for several years. This exciting holiday can also be called the Day of memories. Only a journey through one's own memory, made thanks to old, long-forgotten photographs, helps to revive many moments of life: funny and sad, important or stick in one’s memory by chance. Nowadays, only a few people print photographs, so the memories of recent years are mainly stored on electronic media.

The museum Collection section "Photographs" features unique photographs of the last third of the 19th - early 20th centuries. The basis is made up by photographs dedicated to the “peculiarities and ethnic types” of the Caucasus. A variety of nationalities, genre scenes reflecting the life and daily routine of this region, picturesque landscapes, settlements, architectural monuments, historical and natural attractions.

Along with scenic photographs, the "Photographs" section features a series of the images of Russian ballet and theater artists, portraits of actors and actresses, opera singers and scenes from their performances.
The photographs of the Romanov House family members hold a specific place in the collection. Professional photographers (K. Bergamasco, S. Levitsky, K. Bulla, co-owner of the photo studio “K.E. von Hahn and Co.” -  A. Yagelsky not only created portraits of the “august personages”, but also covered the public life of the imperial family ...

Viewing is a great art. One can flip through an album of photos many times, and only for the hundredth time understand something mysterious and important. Photos can transfer us to the past time or remind us of certain events. Moreover, old photographs, which depict unfamiliar places or strangers, touch our hearts and make us dream of something fascinating and bygone.

Who said that a time machine does not exist? Today is a proper time for opening your old family albums or examine the section “Photographs” on the museum Collection website. Moreover, in our virtual Photo Gallery you can see a thematic photo album prepared for the Day of Viewing Old Photos, and an album of photographs by Karl Fischer.

A story about the Russian photographer D.I. Ermakov is under the heading "Audio Stories".

Interesting facts from the history of photography:

  • Today we are taking an incredible amount of photos. It is estimated that in two minutes as many pictures are taken in the world as all of humanity took in the entire 19th century.

  • The vastness of the Internet is awash with pictures of funny and cute cats. This trend is not as new as it seems. The first fan of taking pictures of adorable pets was Briton Harry Pointer, and he was engaged in this "cat art" back in the 1870s. He was also the first person to sign pictures: "Happy New Year", "Bring lunch", etc.

  • The first color photo in our country was published on the pages of the "Notes of the Russian Technical Society". It depicts Leo Tolstoy.

  • Renowned American photographer Matthew B. Brady took the first selfie.