Sub-Carpathian Rus’ in Czech Photography, 1919-1923


December 11, 2018 , 7:00 pm

[3rd Floor]

The ‘Politics’ of the Lens: Sub-Carpathian Rus’ in Czech Photography, 1919-1923, a talk by Edward Kasinec, Hoover Institution, and Harriman Institute, with Hee Gwone Yoo, New York Public Library. Recent years have witnessed the discovery of several photographic sources dealing with Sub-Carpathian Rus' in the years 191-1923, shortly after its incorporation into the Czechoslovak State. These sources from the color photography by Rudolf Hulka (1887-1961), the architectural images of Florian Zapletal (1884-1969), and the photos and photogravures of the Russian émigré writer Nikolai P. Malitskii (1883-1963), newly uncovered in the archives of the Foundation for Russian History, Jordanville, New York.

Edward Kasinec’s presentation places in historical context two stunning albums acquired in 2017 by curator Robert H. Davis, Jr. for the Rare Books and Manuscript Library of the Columbia University Libraries. The first was prepared in 1919-1920 by the Prague-based Czech educator and local historian Vaclav Sixta (1862-1935) and his photographer son, Lev. The second album was orchestrated from a national ministry in Prague, most likely by the Foreign Ministry, or the Ministry of Internal Affairs. The title leaf in nine languages (!) expresses the gratitude of the “freed” populations of Sub Carpathian Rus’ to their Czechoslovak liberators. The speaker will reflect on the political motivations and timing of both the Sixtas and the Czechoslovak Ministry in preparing these albums.

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Organized by: SVU New York, BBLA , Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York.