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Latvian History museum looks for old color photos

The National History Museum of Latvia (LNVM) is planning a new exhibition titled "Colorful Latvia" and is inviting to public to participate in the creation of it, LNVM said January 13.

We often perceive history through visual testimony. It is true that the remaining images are mostly black-and-white. The Latvian National History Museum (LNVM) has unique colorful photographs, which have been produced in Latvia early 20th century. 

From the time the first black-and-white photograph was invented to the time when the first color photo films were released into industrial production, almost 100 years had passed in experiments.

“This is also the story of what Latvian residents, photographers and amateurs have thought it worth it to be captured in the exclusive media – color photography,” said Imants Cīrulis, LNMV representative.

The story of the history of the colored photograph in Latvia over a century is intended to be gathered in the exhibition “Colorful Latvia”.

The museum invites everyone to review their stocks of photos and to participate in the development of the upcoming exhibition.

“We invite the public to photograph or scan these colored images that were taken before 1990 and to upload this image with a short annotation,” said Imants Cīrulis.

From photographs sent by residents, the exhibition's creators will select the best ones to be included in the exhibition “Colorful Latvia.”

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