A photo exhibition, dedicated to the prominent photographer and one of the first filmmakers of the late 19th – early 20th centuries Alfred Fedetsky, was opened in Siemiradzki Art Gallery in the premises of Karazin Kharkiv National University on January 24.
Fedetsky was born in Zhytomyr in 1857 and moved to Kharkiv in 1886, where he lived until his death in 1902.
He took photos of the prominent Kharkivites and the city guests, including composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, actor and playwright Marko Kropyvnytsky, architect and academic Oleksiy Beketov, manufacturer and philanthropist Oleksiy Alchevsky, ophthalmologist Leonard Hirschman and others.
Exhibition’s organizer Volodymyr Ohloblin, a Kharkiv photographer, who has searched for old photos for 30 years, gives visitors an opportunity to see and feel the spirit of Kharkiv of those days through photos, taken by Fedetsky.
Museums’ archives, researchers, collectors of old photographs, descendants of famous people and ordinary Kharkivites presented their unique photos at the exhibition. The event was supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Kharkiv.
The exhibition will be open until February 16.
Text: Victoria Sklyarova, Elena Dolzhenko
Photo: Volodymyr Ohloblin, Alfred Fedetsky