Stanislovas Žvirgždas (Lithuania) “The old Lithuanian photography publications and albums”

Stanislovas Žvirgždas

Stanislovas Žvirgždas

The subject of the report is the first Lithuanian photo albums of the 19th – early 20th century by A. Rohrbachas, A. Sveikovskis, V. Zacharcikas, J. Czechowicz, J. Bułhak and other authors (original photographs). In the end of 19th century with the invention of zincography various printed photo albums started appearing. The report will give an overview of “The Lithuanian album”, which was awarded a gold medal in Paris exhibition in 1900, as well as publications of the First World War lavishly illustrated with photographs made by Lithuanian photographers and German war correspondents, etc. Various photo albums and publications from interwar period, as well as the development of publications after the Second World War will also be briefly introduced. In the end of the report S. Žvirgždas will also briefly review the present day Lithuanian photo albums and publications, as well as publishing trend. The report will be illustrated with examples of photo albums and publications trends.

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Stanislovas Žvirgždas is mostly known as a landscape photographer, art photographer and photographic historian. In the period of 1960–1961 he was studying history at Vilnius University. In 1961–1965 he was imprisoned after participating in an event in which the banned Lithuanian flag was raised. In 1972 he graduated photography at the University of Popular Art (Moscow) and thereafter worked as a photographer. The same year he became a member of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers and worked there as a photographer artist till 1992. From 1992 to 1996 he was a president of the Union of Lithuanian Art Photographers, from 1996 to 2013 – secretary of the board. In 1999 he was elected as the chairman of the Board of the Press, Radio and Television Support Fund. From 2001 to 2005 S. Žvirgždas served as the representative of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) in Lithuania. From 2001 he is the chairman of the Commission of Photo Experts at the Lithuanian Republic Department of Culture, from 2002 – a member of the Commission of Experts of Lithuanian Culture and Sport Support Fund of the Republic of Lithuania. The art photographer has organized more than 100 solo exhibitions both locally and abroad, has been a jury member of many photo contests. S. Žvirgždas has received numerous awards for outstanding service in culture. In 2002 he was awarded the Cross of the Knight of the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke, in 2004 – the Lithuanian National Culture and Art prize, in 2010 – the gold medal of Merits to the Culture in Vilnius and the prize of Balys Buračas for photography art.

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