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GEORGE BENJAMIN. COLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Latvian Museum of Photography has improved its historical exhibition by making a new informative wall about George Benjamin (Juris Benjamiņš, 1918 – 1993) who was one of the pioneers of color photography in Latvia.

The curator of collection of Latvian Museum of Photography Lauma Lanceniece comments: “In history of Latvian photography George Benjamin is important as a scientist. In 1930’s he was one of the first who was interested in chemical experiments and researches connected with color photography. With his experiments he was trying to maintain the natural tone of color in photography and to improve the reproduction of color photography.”
George Benjamin was born as George Aicher. He obtained his well-known surname – Benjamins – in 1926 when he was adopted by his mother’s elder sister Emilija Benjamin, who was among the richest people in pre WWII Latvia and was referred to as the “Press Queen” because of her successful publishing business. The sisters had agreed that if Annija bore another child George would be adopted and would inherit the successful publishing business set up by the Benjamin couple. The chemist George Benjamin began photographing from early childhood and did not lose interest in it until the end of his life. He was among the first photographers in Latvia to make colour photo prints. The photographer and his family became refugees in the 1940s.The experience gained when working in the largest chemical factory ICI in the United Kingdom helped him later in life when he established his own business in Canada. His company provided colour film development, photo print copying and enlargement services.
George Benjamin devoted his free time to exploring The Blue Holes, many of whom he documented in his photographs and videos. The well-known French oceanographer Jacques-Yves Cousteau even named one of the underwater caves near the Bahamas after him – The Benjamin Hole.

SVINĪGĀ SIENAS ATKLĀŠANA PAREDZĒTA 16. JANVĀRĪ PLKST. 17.00, LATVIJAS FOTOGRĀFIJAS MUZEJĀ, MĀRSTAĻU IELĀ 8, VECRĪGĀ

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