Rescuing images of 20th-century Romania

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There’s an East Europe-related blog that I occasionally look at – ‘eastern bloc party‘ – and today I found there a post about an extraordinary collection discovered in a Romanian museum – the work of photographer Costică Acsinte. As is clear from my previous blogpost, I’m fascinated by images of unknown people from times past – and the fact that these photographs, taken by Acsinte between 1925 and his death in 1984, are visibly deteriorating and in danger of disappearing altogether makes them especially haunting.  Following a trail of links, I found out about the heroic work being done by present-day Romanian photographer Cezar Popescu to digitise the Acsinte archive in order to save it for posterity. Popescu is putting up the images as he scans them on this Facebook page. The pictures also look very dramatic placed side by side on Flickr.

This story has made its way into the media throughout Europe, the US and beyond. I hope the publicity will enable Cezar Popescu to get the support that is needed to complete this huge project.

Here are a few of the photographs showing the fashion for wearing elements of traditional dress, taken mostly in the 1930s, I think.

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Many other photographs are fascinating for the insight they give into fashionable dress and hairstyles of the time.

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One Response to Rescuing images of 20th-century Romania
  1. Cezar Popescu
    April 23, 2014 | 6:29 am

    Thank you very much for your support, Pam!

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