The Calvert Journal: A digital photo archive shows everyday life in 20th-century Romania

The Calvert Journal: A digital photo archive shows everyday life in 20th-century Romania. “A curatorial collective has started to digitise one of Romania’s few historical photographic archives. The collection belongs to Mihai Oroveanu (1946-2013), an art historian and photographer who worked as the director of Romania’s National Museum of Contemporary Art between 2001-2013.”

Balkan Insight: Journalism, Activism Combine to Preserve Riches of Ancient Romanian Port

Balkan Insight: Journalism, Activism Combine to Preserve Riches of Ancient Romanian Port. “In early July, when a court in Romania declared null and void the 2003 sale of a century-old palace on the country’s Black Sea coast, it marked a milestone in a journalistic fight to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the port of Constanta. Built in the early 1920s at the behest of Queen Mary of Romania, the Royal Palace of Mamaia became a nightclub and eventually a depository for mouldy mattresses after the state sold it to a local businessman 17 years ago. But the battle to save it from ruin began only in 2014, with the investigative reporting and public campaigning of Info Sud-Est, an online publication on Constanta affairs with a rare focus on the preservation of the city’s cultural heritage.”

BalkanInsight: Online Photo Archive Brings Romania’s History Back to Life

BalkanInsight: Online Photo Archive Brings Romania’s History Back to Life. “If we take the 20th century, we can find a significant amount of digitized content that reflects that part of our history. But most of it comes from public institutions, newspapers, magazines and other organized archives. It scarcely represents people’s life in that time. This void in the graphic collective memory of most countries, which is perhaps most significant in post-communist societies, where archival sources were even more centralized, is being filled in Romania by Azopan. An amateur free online archive, it digitizes and publishes analogue pictures donated by the public.”

Calvert Journal: A digital archive is recovering half a century of communist Romania’s eclectic visual culture

Calvert Journal: A digital archive is recovering half a century of communist Romania’s eclectic visual culture. “Romanian culture zine Kajet Journal has launched a digital archive of the country’s communist-era print culture, marking 30 years since the December 1989 Revolution that toppled the country’s socialist regime. The research project makes hundreds of scans from books, booklets, DIY manuals, newspapers, and periodicals, produced between 1947 and 1989, available to the general public.”