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Jan Bułhak i jego udział w powojennej odbudowie życia fotograficznego w Polsce
Jan Bułhak and His Role in Post-War Photographic Revival in Poland

Author(s): Jerzy PIWOWARSKI
Subject(s): Photography
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: Jan Bułhak; artistic photography;polish photography;
Summary/Abstract: Jan Bułhak (1876–1950) was a distinguished artist and photographer of the interwar period, who was engaged in the initiatives and actions contributing to the photographic revival in Poland after World War II. During the Tourist Congress (Cracow 1946), Bułhak presented his postulates, which included: establishing the Photography Department in the Ministry of Culture and Arts (whose aim would be to found the Central Photography Archive and the union of photographers), supporting the photographic associations and publications, addressing the copyright law and the problem of its violation, and organising higher photography education at the academic level. Moreover, he engaged in some of these initiatives in person: he was the first president and cofounder of Polish Association of Art Photographers (now known as Association of Polish Art Photographers), and it was during his term when Polish Photographic Association, targeted at amateur photographers, was founded and photography began to be protected by the copyright law. Bułhak’s many other postulates were realised despite his lack of direct engagement: Photography Board was founded in the Ministry of Culture and Arts, which supported photography enthusiasts and began to establish the Central Photography Archive.

  • Page Range: 15-25
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Polish