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- Author Lesław Rzewuski
- Date of production 1890s
- Place of creation Photographic studio: Rzewuski Walery
- Dimensions height: photo: 8.4 x 15 cm; cardboard: 8.7 x 17.9 cm
- ID no. MHF 20101/II
- Object copyright Museum of Photography in Kraków
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, MuFo
- Digitalisation Museum of Photography in Kraków
The photograph shows an alley in Henryk Jordan’s Park with two distant busts of famous personalities. The white marble-sculpted busts are a noteworthy detail, the Barthesian punctum, or the intriguing elements of the picture. The bushes make up an evenly trimmed hedge. It is a stereoscopic photograph, a single print with two separate shots.more
The photograph shows an alley in Henryk Jordan’s Park with two distant busts of famous personalities. The white marble-sculpted busts are a noteworthy detail, the Barthesian punctum, or the intriguing elements of the picture. The bushes make up an evenly trimmed hedge. It is a stereoscopic photograph, a single print with two separate shots. Among the numerous stereoscopic photographs in the collection from the Museum of Photography, this particular photograph is especially valuable for its authorship (the Rzewuski brothers) and the view of the park right after it had been established. The photograph is glued to the cardboard, margins uneven in width, orange cardboard on the face side, the inscription “Walery Rzewuski in Kraków” on the right-hand side and “Photographed as is” on the left-hand side. The picture was shot outdoors by Lesław Rzewuski (he took photographs outdoors for his brother Walery Rzewuski) and developed them in Walery Rzewuski’s Kraków photo lab in the 1890s by using the dry film technique and gelatine emulsion. The back consists of a beige cardboard with the inscription “Jordan’s City Park” hand-written in its upper part.
In 1889, on Henryk Jordan’s initiative, a park was developed on the Czarna Wieś meadow, where a farming and industrial exhibition was organised in 1887. The park design encompassed numerous pavilions, a summer fitness hall, a dairy offering snacks for those exercising, a summer house rotunda — a venue for orchestras. Additionally, the park featured busts of famous personalities sculpted in Tyrol’s marble.
Henryk Jordan was born to an impoverished noble family in Przemyśl in 1842. He studied medicine in Vienna yet completed his studies at the Faculty of Medicine at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. He was marked by his indefatigable exuberance and rewarded those exercising at his own cost (by donating saving books with a deposit).
Elaborated by Małgorzata Kanikuła (Museum of Photography in Kraków), © all rights reserved