Jewish Museum in Prague
head of department:Jiøí Tatranský
Photography Department is mainly responsible for photo-documentation which
is necessary for the professional care of the Museum’s holdings. Its most
important, long-term project is the documentation of the Museum’s individual
groups of collections. With digital photo-documentation it is possible
to limit the handling of the actual objects in the collections - in most
cases the latter are presented in digital form for the purposes of registration,
research and publication. The collection of children’s drawings from Terezín
are now available in digital form, the digitization of the textile collection
is well under way and work has started on the digitization of the silver
collection. The ongoing digitization of the German Catalogue is of great
importance for the purposes of managing the Museum’s collections.
In addition to
ongoing digitization, the Photography Department carries out other documentation
tasks related to changes in the condition and location of objects in the
Museum’s collections.. This involves documenting loans, exhibitions and
the state of objects before and after restoration. Documentation work
is undertaken both in the studio and in the field (involving, for example,
documentation of tombstones in Jewish cemeteries); other exterior pictures
are taken for inclusion in the Museum’s publications.
Department has prepared illustrations for books published by the Museum
- such as “Jewish Customs and Traditions” - the Klausen Synagogue guide,
“History of the Jewish in Bohemia and Moravia” - the Maisel and Spanish
synagogue guides, “Prague Synagogues”, “A. Kohn”, “Boskovice Synagogue”,
“Textiles from Bohemian and Moravian Synagogues” and a number of other
printed materials for exhibitions and the Museum’s publicity purposes.
Department also documents the Museum’s various activities. It has recently
covered extensive building works in connection with the renovation of
the Museum’s buildings and is now focusing more on exhibitions, important
visits and other social events at the Museum.
The Museum operates
two photography studios - the one in the main building is equipped with
a Scitex digital camera, the other with a high-resolution Betterlight
digital camera which is used mainly for photographing large textiles with
many details. Flat scanners are used for taking pictures of small, flat
The images are then stored on CD-ROMs and placed in the Museum’s photo archive, which secures their care and presentation. Preview resolution photos are gradually being added to the Museum’s database.