For the first time, the Helsinki City Museum published a work consisting entirely of color photographs.
In summer In a photo taken in 1970, children look on in their arms as two men make a funny appearance in Kallio’s Bear Park. Young viewers are waiting for the singer Jukka Kuoppamäki appearances, but get an extra joke number.
The picture has been taken Eva Ristaone of the most famous photographers who photographed Helsinki.
The picture of Karhupuisto is one of the new ones in the Helsinki City Museum Helsinki in color pictures – of the images appearing in the work. This is the museum’s first publication consisting entirely of color photographs.
When it’s about photos from the Helsinki City Museum, the viewer expects to see a black and white photo. For example, social media history sites are full of them.
Most of the approximately one million photographs in the city museum are of course black and white, but there are also approximately 150,000 color photographs. Pictures from the 1950s–1970s have been selected for the new work at the City Museum.
“Color photography began to become common in Finland in the mid-1950s. Before that, color films were very expensive, and they had to be sent abroad to the central laboratories of the film manufacturers to be developed”, says Helsinki in color pictures editor of the book Fairy tale Sava.
“In the 1950s, there were more manufacturers of photographic materials and films were sold that the most skilled photographers could develop themselves.”
Enthusiasts the photos taken are a significant part of the city museum’s color photo collection.
The reason is that the color preservation of color photographs was not trusted, so the photographers hired by Helsinki generally took black and white photos when documenting the capital. In black and white pictures, the tones were known to last for at least a hundred years.
“The change came in the 1970s, when young photographers came to the house and started using color photography more. After that, both black-and-white and color photos of the same locations were ordered from the city’s photographers,” says Savia.
Enthusiasts’ color photo collections have ended up in the city museum mainly as donations.
The pictures of hobbyists stand out from the shots of professional photographers of the era, because they had no need to document what they saw. The focus has been on more everyday things than architecture or traffic solutions.
“There are a lot of random shots from the streets or parties. We have especially included color photographs in our collections that show the city and its change.”
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