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ABDONAS KORZONAS IS THE FIRST IMAGE PHOTOGRAPHER IN VILNIUS

Artist R. Janulevičiūtė, published by Vilnius Academy of Arts, 2018.

The latest book by Lithuanian photography historian Dainius Junevičius was published in 1824. Abdon Korzon, a photographer who was born in an outsider's manor near Tauragė and died after 1874 in troicke orenburg governorate.

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Although Korzon's atelier has only been operating in Vilnius for a few years (1859 –1863), it is important to us due to the fact that around 1860 the first in Lithuania began to photograph the city and its surroundings.

This is a carefully researched and interestingly written biography of a photographer who worked in Lithuania. In the book, the reader will see the gallery of portraits of people photographed by Corzon, the earliest photos of Vilnius, and with special glasses will see the oldest 3D images of Lithuania. The book is richly illustrated with photographs, graphics, documents, maps and plans, facsimile of archival documents.

The author creates a colorful story about the life, activities and participation of Abdon Corzon in the 1863 uprising on the basis of printed sources and archival material collected in the archives, museums and libraries of Lithuania, Poland, Belarus, Russia, France. Readers will also learn many intriguing facts about the daily life of that time and the course of the uprising in vilnius governorate.

Detailed descriptions of photos of place names help to look at the eyes of people who lived in Vilnius in the early 1960s. Very valuable biographies of the people photographed by Corzon in the book.

After books about Antalis Rohrbach (2013) and Juozapas Čechavičius (2015), this is the third book by the famous Lithuanian photography historian Dainius Junevičius about the first Lithuanian photographers and their photographic legacy.

"<..> the overhaul is dedicated to the historical cut of the late 19th century, although the name says it to one person. The author's excessive desire to tell everything – the historical context, the impressions of witnesses, all the circumstances that may be associated with the object and even the lives of the people photographed by the photographer – is redeemed by a very smooth narrative language that has no academic boredom. On the contrary, the book, which is almost unbearable in weight, is written as an adventure/detective novel and sees an effort to understand the people described, their motives and feelings. The publication is a real horror for those scientists who hurry to report that something could not be found: the photography historian D. Junevičius mixed up all possible sources and was able to vividly tell the story about the appearance of the first images of Vilnius and their surroundings, even in circumstances when so little is known about A. Korzonas. Now it remains only somewhere to find 3D glasses so that I can view stereoscopic images." – Monika Krikšopaitytė (7 art days).

Information from Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Author

saeed jaafar

Publisher

Vilnius Academy of Fine Arts Publishing House

Year

2018

Language

English

Pages

800

Cover

Cool

Dimensions

27.2 x 20.5 x 6.2 cm

Isbn

978-609-447-285-5

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