The exhibition, organized by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, presents memories of the river with more than 80 analog photographs selected from the Fortepan Photo Archive.
The Hungarian Cultural Centre opened the photo exhibition “Danube – River Flowing with History” on July 7 online from the Centre’s social media accounts. The exhibition can be visited In-person provided that the necessary precautions are followed and that there is no more than a maximum of 10 people in the hall.
The exhibition within the Waves of the Danube supported by the EU-Turkey Intercultural Dialogue Programme is revealing the events, fun moments, painful times of the last hundred years along with the Danube River with more than 80 analog photos selected from the Fortepan Photo Archive.
The curator of the exhibition, István Virágvölgyi (curator of the Budapest Capa Contemporary Photo Center) describes the exhibition: “We often compare the river to time. Although we see the river, the water in it constantly changes, and even though we live in the present time, moments are constantly flowing, but we cannot keep them in our hands. Photography can consolidate both time and water forever. ”
The Fortepan Photo Archive, where the photographs in the exhibition came, was founded especially as an archive that collects personal photographs in 2010 with 5000photographs, which was taken before 1990. Ten years later, this constantly growing collection reached 130,000 photographs In total. Everybody can download every photograph of the digital archive, which operates voluntarily, at the resolution they want, and use it as they wish, provided that they show the source. The archive is a true source of social information made available to the public.
The Fortepan Photo Archive is named after Hungary’s most popular negative film raw material. It is envisaged that most of the photographs exhibited here were also taken using this negative film. These films were produced between 1932 and 2007 in the city of Vác, 30 km north of Budapest. The Danube’s water was also used during production. The photographs in the exhibition establish a connection with the Danube River in many ways at this point, reaching the Danube River. On the other hand, it is possible to establish a connection of Fortepan films with Istanbul, which are still being used by photographers in Sirkeci.
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