A new way how to peek into the history of SFRY
Museum of Yugoslav History, in cooperation with Telenor Foundation, presented the project of photo archive digitalisation
November 27, 2013 – As of today, all 150.000 photos from the photo archives of the Museum of Yugoslav History, mostly unknown to the public, are available, at the internet address www.foto.mij.rs. The photos were made by four photographers from the Cabinet of the President of SFRY in the period from 1947 to 1980, at 1.083 locations in 93 states. The digitalisation project lasted for two years and was implemented in partnership with the Telenor Foundation.
“By supporting the project of archives digitalisation, Telenor Foundation provided its significant contribution to protection of cultural heritage and works of the world cultural heritage with modern methods. Thanks to this project, we have prevented the risk of archives being destroyed and introducing of restrictions in its use, because up to date, every work included an implicit physical contact with photos”, says Neda Knežević, Director of this Museum, visited by 100,000 visitors per year.
Online base can be searched by dates, events, personalities and countries and its visitors have an opportunity to take part in completing of historical information by photos “tagging” and adding of related information.
“Our society is turning digital. We are proud of having contributed to preserve not only our cultural resources, whose significance goes beyond the borders of Serbia and the region, but also, thanks to the Internet, to make it easily accessible to everyone”, says Marija Vujanić, Corporate Communications Manager of the company Telenor.
The collected material is a valuable testimony of the travels of Josip Broz, visits of the foreign Heads of states and governments, meetings with world known personalities from all segments of public life, as well as situations from his everyday life.
The photos, which are the work of four photographers, Dragutin Grbić, Aleksandar Stojanović, Miloš Rašeta and Mirko Lovrić, have recorded numerous meetings of Josip Broz Tito with the Presidents of the United States of America. Tito was the only foreign president who met with all the Presidents of this country during his mandate and was the last foreign politician received by Kennedy before his death. Within the archive, there could also be found photos with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, Sofia Loren cooking in the kitchen on the island of Vanga, Gina Lollobrigida, Josephine Baker, Kirk Douglas, Orson Welles, Jean-Paul Sartre, Pope Paul VI, with the crew members of Apollo 11, who were the first ones to land on the Moon, as well as with Che Guevara, Winston Churchill and the Queen Elisabeth.