Negatives are to be stored is a book presenting expressive portraits of people living in the 20’s and 30’s., made by Stefania Gurdowa. Over a thousand of damaged glass negative plates of her were discovered in the late 90’s at the attic of a tenement-house in the town of Dębica (South Poland). Gurdowa run her workshop far away from grand cultural capitols. She performed her art while taking ordered portraits of her neighbors: shopkeepers, craftsmen, peasants, priests and Jews.
NOTE: The photograph on the cover is a sparkling gold and it is possible to see it only at the proper angle making it necessary to alter your viewing angle in order to see it properly. This gives it a look as if silver were extracted from a glass plate negative.Design concept & photo editing: Andrzej Kramarz
Graphic design: Janusz Górski
Hardcover, 218 pages, black & white illustrations, 28,5 x 22 cm
Language: Polish, English
Publishers: Fundacja Imago Mundi, The Seweryn Udziela Ethnographic Museum in Kraków, Wydawnictwo Czysty Warsztat, Kraków, 2008