Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
Photography by Igor Krajcar
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Category: Museums. Type: Premium
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The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Croatia is an archaeological museum with over 450,000 varied artifacts and monuments, gathered from various sources but mostly from Croatia and in particular from the surroundings of Zagreb. Its predecessor institution was the "National Museum", open to the public since 1846.
ABOUT AUTHOR: Igor Krajcar
Official Photographer for The Archaeological Museum in Zagreb
We've been following Igor's work for decades. After seeing the photographs he made for the Museum, we simply knew It's about time to present his work in ePix!
Can you tell us a little about your work as a museum photographer?
The work of a museum photographer may seem boring and monotonous, and I would lie if I said that in some cases it was not, but it is predominantly demanding and quite challenging. All the museum items I record are primarily recorded for the purpose of documentation, and such photography could be used both for research and for publishing purposes, it must be technically flawless. Often, only a slight shift of objects, or a lighting arrangement, can reveal a small, previously unimaginable detail that the subject can (do) give or supplement the context.
What kind of challenges are you facing?
One of the biggest challenges so far was the shooting of a gem, semicircular polished and semiprecious stones, usually oval or round shaped in size less than one centimeter in which various mythological figures and impressions are engraved. Apart from the fact that the objects are very small, the engraving is only visible, and careful observation under a strong magnification can be seen, but in order to make this display very visible on the photo, the subject should ideally illuminate and illuminate from the front to make the engraving visible, and the object retained the original color and structure of the stone.
This is mostly for documentation?
To achieve this balance and to satisfy all the parameters that I think must be met was not an easy job. I would also mention the golden jewelry that, when comparing it with today's jewelry, is completely demo, I would say even an unpleasant one, and yet on such pieces there can be an interesting detail that shows the way of making or some craft solutions of the time such as buckles or embossing a precious stone. There are rings on which whole stories are written and I assume that today's engravers would not be particularly fascinated by these engravings, but someone almost a thousand years ago made a respectable art miniature in some form of gold.
What about artistic expression?
It's different when I record items for exhibition catalogs or exhibits. Then I can take some freedom and record objects from unusual angles that show up an invisible dimension until then, turn them upside down, bring some detail closer, connect incompatibly, and even then those photographs must display objects literally in the best light and technically flawless.
Thanks! Looking forward to seeing more of your work! :)
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