Marubi: The moving backdrop
The Marubi National Museum of Photography is the first museum of photography in Shkoder, Albania, one of the richest in Europe with an archive of over 500.000 negatives in a period of time ranging from the end of the 19th century to end of the 20th century. The first photographic studio in Albania was opened in Shkoder in 1856, by Italian Pietro Marubbi, shortly after the canonization of photography in 1839. A city situated at the edges of the Ottoman Empire, where the practice of the photography was initially prohibited by law, what we note in the different generation of photographers is their efforts and desire to be contemporary and adapt to the time and the context from a socio-esthetic and technological point of view, same as the most important photographic studios in Europe during that time. Through a variety of people, landscapes, architecture, events, tradition, costumes, our program “Marubi: The moving backdrop” aims to reach out to communities who cannot have access to the museum due to cultural or economic problems, but it is at the same time a tribute to the photographic work of the Marubi dynasty and other photographers of our collection who we often find portrayed in suburban or countryside areas, photographing people who could not afford to pay the high cost of a photography taken in a studio but yet part of a visual desire to narrate, document and remained fixed in memory.