A Photographic Journey To Russia: 25 June – 2 July in Kolomna

A Rare Occasion to visit Moscow, attend a Four-Days Photographic Symposium in Kolomna, Travel on a Famous Night Train and Spend Two Days Without Dark in Saint Petersburg.

Programm :

Arrival in Moscow Sunday 25 or Monday 26 June

Accomodation in Boris Godunov Hotel

Visits and meeting with collectors

Tuesday 27 transfer to Kolomna and Evening reception

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Exhibitions, conferences and workshops

Sunday 2nd July transfer to Moscow and night train for SPB

Visit of the Daguerre plates in Saint Petersburg

Monday 3 and Tuesday 4 July departures


Mentioned for the first time in 1177, Kolomna was founded in 1140–1160 according to the latest archaeological surveys. Kolomna’s name may originate from the Old Russian term for “on the bend (in the river)”, especially as the old city is located on a sharp bend in the Moscow River. In 1301, Kolomna was incorporated into the Moscow Principality.

Like some other ancient Russian cities, it has a kremlin, which is a citadel similar to the more famous one in Moscow and also built of red brick. The stone Kolomna Kremlin was built from 1525–1531 under the Russian Tsar Vasily III. The Kolomna citadel was a part of the Great Abatis Border  and, although much of the surrounding wall was removed in the eighteenth century and materials used to construct other public buildings, the remaining stretch of wall, several towers, and some interior buildings have been preserved and held in a good shape. A museum is located inside. In front of the façade stands a statue of Dmitry Donskoy, celebrating the gathering of his troops in Kolomna prior to the Battle of Kulikovo in 1380.

A Daguerreotype workshop will be conducted by Canadian artist Mike Robinson, a modern master of the medium.  This workshop is for historians, artists, and collectors with a serious interest in the evolution, aesthetics and process of the daguerreotype. Participants will learn traditional techniques of polishing, buffing, sensitizing with iodine and bromine, mercury development and gilding.  Each participant will have the opportunity to make a minimum of two daguerreotypes during the workshop depending on circumstances.  All processing equipment, cameras and materials will be provided.  Limited to six participants, this three-day workshop is for anyone interested in making the very finest modern daguerreotype imagery. No experience necessary.

MIKE ROBINSON is an artist-practioner, teacher, conservator, and historian of the daguerreotype. He has researched and written on the studio practice of Southworth and Hawes for the Young America catalogue and for the Daguerreian Society annual.  Mike teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in 19th Century Photographic Processes at Ryerson University in Toronto and Phd candidate with DeMontfort University in Leicester, UK, and his dissertation is titled, The Techniques and Material Aesthetics of the Daguerreotype.

Museum of Organic Culture (abbreviated as MOC) (Russian: Музей органической культуры) is located in merchant Lvov’s estate, a monument of wooden architecture of the XIX century.

The museum has been organized on the initiative of Alla Povelikhina, Nina Suyetina, Vasily Rakitin, Elena Rakitina, and Irina Alikina. The museum houses a unique collection of works of Russian avant-garde of the early twentieth century.




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