Photography travel journal of Belgrade by Ivan Groman a different view of the photographic work of Ivan Groman

Balcanica. 2002;2002(32-33):197-210 DOI 10.2298/BALC0233197R


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Journal Title: Balcanica

ISSN: 0350-7653 (Print); 2406-0801 (Online)

Publisher: Institute for Balkan Studies SASA

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History of Balkan Peninsula

Country of publisher: Serbia

Language of fulltext: French, English

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Radoš Aleksandar


Double blind peer review

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Time From Submission to Publication: 25 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Little is known about a Russian photographer, Ivan Groman. His photographic work, originating in 1876 in the Principality of Serbia, was used repeatedly for illustrations, but has never been thoroughly analyzed as a historic document. Although his photographs, kept in the Archives of the City of Belgrade, the Museum of the City of Belgrade, and the Military Museum in Belgrade, may not represent his entire photographic opus, a thorough analysis of his work may serve the purpose of seeking for the message, and therefore for the aim of his work and stay in Belgrade. A small number of his photographs of Belgrade, constituting small series (‘stories’) of a relatively small area, clearly lead to the conclusion that I. V. Groman was not just a photographer – documentarist with an unquestionable and subtle artistic sense, but also a perceptive and possibly experienced “documentarist on a military mission”. It does not diminish the significance and value of his photographic work in Belgrade. Quite the opposite. His opus gains the documentary vigor of the travel journal photo-story, which in its expressiveness does not fall short of the travel journals of a more traditional kind.