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DFA-Podcast #8 | Peter Jacobi's Collection



DFA-Podcast #8

Peter Jacobi's Collection of Historical Romanian Photographers

The renowned sculptor and photographer Peter Jacobi comes from Transylvania. He left Romania in 1970 and has lived in Germany ever since.

After the fall of communism, he collected historical photographs from private collections in Romania and used them to intensively explore the heritage of his homeland.

DFA member Jacobi talks to Corinna Weidner about how he deals with this photo collection, his own diverse approaches to photography and how both are biographically connected.

A time travel through the Romanian Kingdom and the People's Republic: why Queen Elisabeth zu Wied wore Romanian traditional costumes, why there were hardly any photos of dictator Ceauşescus and why Jacobi left a career in socialism behind. And a journey through time in the history of photography: from the informational content of seemingly nostalgic images to the welcome present of digital photography.

(Portrait by Sebastian Seidel)

27 min

Listen to it on, Spotify and YouTube!

Note to our English-speaking subscribers: This talk is in German, but if you watch the recording on YouTube, you can have English subtitles generated.

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We would like to thank 'KULTUR.GEMEINSCHAFTEN – Förderprogramm für digitale Content-Produktion in Kultureinrichtungen' for their support. This funding project is supported by Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien, NEUSTART KULTUR and Kulturstiftung der Länder.

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DFA-Podcast #8 | Peter Jacobi's Collection of Historical Romanian Photographs

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