Photography Collection

The department manages a large collection of photographs. Theatre photography has a long history in the Czech Republic, and in the second half of the 20th century, thanks to figures like Josef Koudelka and Jaroslav Krejčí, it evolved into a specific art genre and became an interesting ‘export article\. Work began on systematically processing the ATI’s collection of photographs in 2008. The ATI owns approximately 120 000 original photographs, both positives and negatives. Their digitisation and database processing was incorporated into the work on the project Preserving and Presenting the Cultural Heritage of Czech and World Theatre, which was conducted with the support of the EEA/Norwegian Financial Mechanisms. That project generated a unique opportunity to digitise, describe, and grant access to photographs charting the past sixty years of the life of Czech theatres. Work on the digitisation is already successfully under way, and the individual photographs are saved along with basic information on them in the relevant database. Currently more than 80 000 photographs of almost 6000 productions by more than 250 photographers have been scanned and they include shots by Jaroslav Krejčí, Vilém Sochůrek, and Viktor Kronbauer. The photographs are accessible through the internet database at: www.divadelnifotografie.cz.
In 2009 the ATI helped organise the jubilee exhibition of Jaroslav Krejčí at the New Town Hall.

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