Portrait of the Industrial Age. Poldi Steelworks – People and Their Factory
Национальный технический музей (Národní technické muzeum), Kostelní 42, Praha 7 - Holešovice, 170 00
Дата и время проведения
- 29. 11. 2017 – 11. 3. 2018
The exhibition presents photographs from the archives of the Poldi metallurgy plant in Kladno. It depicts the century-long history of a significant industrial enterprise and the industrial age, as well as the social application of classic black-and-white photography in the same period.
The archives of Poldi steelworks contain approximately 10,000 negatives, mostly glass plates and some plastic plate negatives. These photographs document all aspects of the company development and operation – stills of manufacturing lines and products, including extensive technical documentation, foreign representations, and warehouses, as well as the social backstage of production and portraits of employees. The distinctive photographic view and aesthetic quality of some photos are also worth noticing.
The exhibition provides an opportunity to peek into the unique pictorial testimony of the Poldi archives, which has not only high documentary value in terms of the history of industrial production and social change, but it also shows the possibilities of professional curatorial and restoration work with a historical photographic material archive.