The Collection of Photographs, Films and Negatives is one of the Museum’s largest collections. It handles photographs as museum exponents covering the historical period from the onset of the twentieth century to the present.
Based on types, the materials in the Collection are sub-divided into photographs, films, negatives, albums and slides.
The Collection contains wartime journalistic photographs, including photographs of the photography agencies of the Independent State of Croatia (Photo Office of the State Information and Publicity Bureau under the Government Presidency of the Independent State of Croatia, the Croatian Information Agency, the military publicity sections and photographers), and those taken by the photographers of the photo-sections of the Propaganda Department of the Territorial Antifascist Council of Croatia’s (ZAVNOH), the District People’s Liberation Committee of Slavonia and the District People’s Liberation Committee of Dalmatia.
Among the photographers whose works are held in the Collection, the following certainly merit special mention: Milenko Mitraković, Gjuro Griesbach, Mladen Grčević, Edmund Stöger, Ivan Softa, Dragutin Rajtarić, Milan Pavić, Hugo Fischer Ribarić, Elvira Kohn, Mladen Iveković, Marijan Szabo, Đuro Vrkljan,Vladimir Bakarić…
The socialist period is presented by photographs of reconstruction, development, voluntary labour projects, and conferences and also photographs from the period of the planned economy and the related technology.
The independence of the Republic of Croatia and the Homeland War are documented in over 3,000 collected photographs, which were taken by professional photojournalists and amateur photographers who participated in wartime events.
Nataša Mataušić, Ph.D., Museum Advisor
Ivica Nevešćanin, Senior Curator
Nikola Seiwerth, Curator