5th BSEC Month of Culture
1-30 November 2021
Photography - Georgia
Alexandre Roinashvili is known as the first photographer in Georgia and the founder of Georgian photography. He lived between 1846 and 1898, and besides photography, he also studied painting. Roinashvili worked mostly on Causasian landscapes and portraits. His photo ateliers were Tbilisi’s main meeting points where all social classes (including famous writers, poets, musicians and politicians) headed to get their portraits taken. In addition, he offered his studio to the First Georgian Theater troupe, in order to have a proper space to perform, and was a supporter of the Literacy Society trying to fight illiteracy across the country. Now, most of Roinashvili’s archives are part of the Georgian National Museum’s collection and two books of his photographic legacy have been published.
Sources: https://www.artdoc.photo/articles/alexandre-roinashvili-1846-1898-first-georgian-photographer and https://tpmm.ge/en/blogs/alexandre-roinashvili-1846-1898-first-georgian-photographer-
You can browse through some of his photographs, here: https://tpmm.ge/en/video-archive/archives-alexandre-roinashvili/
Photos taken from: https://agenda.ge/en/news/2015/2833 and https://tpmm.ge/en/blogs/alexandre-roinashvili-1846-1898-first-georgian-photographer-
* Picture 1: Photographer Alexandre Roinashvili (seated, third from left in a dark suit) surrounded by his students.
* Picture 2: ‘’Darial Gorge’’, 1870-1898, by Alexandre Roinashvili
* Picture 3: ‘’The view on Narikala Fortress, Tbilisi’’, 1870-1898, by Alexandre Roinashvili
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