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EXHIBITION “THE WORLD WITH MINOX. RIGA”

25.01. – 25.02.2018    

From January 25, the Latvian Museum of Photography in cooperation with the Latvian Designers’ Society will showcase the exhibition “The World with Minox. Riga”.
“Minox” is a camera that has not lost its popularity to the present day starting with “Minox VEF Riga” model and up to later produced models. This camera is popular not only among photographers, but also widely used in various movies like a spy camera. This invention is the pride of Latvia, therefore this exhibition must be included in Latvia’s Centenary celebration events programme.

 In the exhibition, visitors can get acquainted with the museum collection materials about the production and development of the “Minox” camera, as well as with the pictures that were taken with various types of Minox cameras by several amateur photographers. This time, they are representatives of different ages coming from different countries: Denis Ananiev (Russia), Erik Tibell (France), Julian Tanase (Romania), Luis Carvalho (France), Imants Parādnieks (Latvia), Volha Savich (Belarus), Gennady Smirnov (Russia), Maxim Aleshin (Russia), Ādolfs Irbīte (Latvia). These authors share a passion for “Minox” cameras, some of them are professional photographers who have their own photo labs and camera collections, but others take the camera only when travelling or during moments of rest.
Walter Zapp, inventor of the “Minox” camera, was born in Riga, on 4 September, 1905 in a merchant’s family. As a child, Walter was in poor health, so he attended school just for a short time, however he was self-educated and with an outstanding designer talent. In 1921, Zapp moved with his family to Reval (Tallinn) where he began his career. In early 1922, Zapp got employed in Tallinn's best art photography studio as an apprentice to Walter Lemberg. Walter discussed with his friend Richard Jürgens his dream of a camera that a person could easily carry around. In 1932, a joint venture was created in which Zapp came with ideas, while Jürgens – with money. The unique camera prototype “Ur-Minox” was created in four years. At first, it was planned to produce the camera in Estonia, but there was no company capable of carrying out such a project. Potential manufacturers were searched elsewhere. After the refusal of “Agfa”, Jürgens looked for potential producers in Latvia, and on October 6, 1936, a cooperation agreement with the State Electrotechnical Factory (VEF) was concluded. In October 1938, Kārlis Ulmanis, the president of Latvia, was presented with the first “Minox” camera produced by VEF. After the occupation of Latvia in 1940, VEF continued to manufacture “Minox” cameras. The production of the camera was stopped during the occupation of Nazi Germany. In total, approximately 17,500 cameras were made between 1938 and 1943.

EXHIBITION OPENING WILL TAKE PLACE ON JANUARY 25, 2018, AT 5.00 PM, AT LATVIAN MUSEUM OF PHOTOGRAPHY, MARSTALU STREET 8 (ENTRANCE FROM ALKSNAJU ST.)

WE WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO STATE CULTURE CAPITAL FOUNDATION, VEF HISTORY MUSEUM, DESIGN OFFICE AND PHOTOSTUDIO “PIECI EZERI”

 

OPENING TIMES

Mon. closed
Tue. closed
Wed. 10.00-17.00
Thu. 12.00-19.00
Fri. 10.00-17.00
Sat. 10.00-17.00
Sun. 10.00-17.00

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