The activities of The State Russian Museum and Exhibition Centre ROSPHOTO, founded in 2002 by Ministry for Culture of the Russian Federation, embrace exhibitions, scientific research and educational programs.
The Centre exhibits works of well known national and international masters of photography, as well as young talented artists working in the genres of contemporary art closely connected with photography: video-art, photographic installations, animation, experimental cinema.
Over the last years centre has introduced to the audience such outstanding artists as Boris Savelyev, Sergey Falin, Boris Mikhalevkin (Russia), Deborah Turbeville (USA), Ara Guler (Turkey), Antanas Sutkus (Lithuania), John Johnsen (Denmark), Joachim Schmidt, Susanne Winterling (Germany), to name a few.
With approximately thirty exhibitions a year, many of the Centre’s projects are developed in cooperation with reputable international organizations such as Goethe Institute (Germany), Mondriaan Foundation (the Netherlands), Nordic Cultural Foundation (Denmark), French Institute, Danish Culture Institute.
The exhibition halls in Bolshaya Morskaya street in St.-Petersburg are not the only place where ROSPHOTO holds its exhibitions. The centre is constantly expanding the geography of its projects and improving connections with many regional museums in Russia, from Nizhny Novgorod to Irkutsk. Over the last years ROSPHOTO has organized several travelling exhibitions that were shown in various towns in Russia.
Most important projects in ROSPHOTO are the ones that unite exhibition with research. Such projects make progress not only in expositional work but also in scientific research. Moreover, they often result in publications that regard photography from the angle of history and art history. Among most important examples of such exhibitions are “Views of Crimea” by Vassily Sokornov, an outstanding landscape photographer, and “French Photography from the Archive of the Institute of Material Culture at the Russian Academy of Sciences”. Such projects, bearing an undoubted scientific value, are usually conducted by ROSPHOTO in collaboration with the Russian National Library (St.-Petersburg), Musee d’Orsay (Paris), European Institute of Restoration and Graphics (Paris), Musee de l’Elysee (Lausanne, Switzerland) and other important research and museum centres.
In 2006, the State Russain Centre of Photography entered the Museums Association of Russia.
Constantly expanding its collection (by now approx. ten thousand items), ROSPHOTO is currently developing a program entitled “Russian Museum of Photography” and an online resource “Russia’s Photographic Heritage”. Both these great endeavors require research work in the sphere of preservation and processing of digital electronic images, cataloging, conservation and restoration of photography. In the practical work and research on complex preservation of cultural heritage, ROSPHOTO cooperates with various institutes of the Russian Academy of Sciences (Komarov Botanical Institute, Laboratory for Restoration and Conservation of Documents at the Russian Academy for Sciences) and such well-known foreign research centres as Chicago Albumen Works.
Centre has been developing restoration, conservation and preservation methods and technologies that would allow effective solutions in taking care of any private collection or museum archive of photographs and negatives. The laboratory of scientific restoration at ROSPHOTO conducts works on restoration and conservation of photography and provides training for young specialists.
Among educational programs run by ROSPHOTO are a lecture course in the history and theory of photography for higher educational establishments and an annual conference entitled “Photography in Museum”.
One of the Centre’s successful educational projects is the Baltic Photography School, a non-commercial learning project that allowed many aspiring photographers to take part in workshops and seminars conducted by guest experts and photography masters, both foreign and national.
Last updated on 3.02.2017