Special exhibition

Forgotten light of the private days


Railway Gallery
Main Railway Station
ul. Piłsudskiego 105, 1st floor

Opening hours:
Tue., Wed., Thu. | 3:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Fri., Sat., Sun. | 11:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
tickets: expect the special exhibition: 5 PLN; people with disabilities and unemployed: free admission

In September, the space of the Dworcowa Gallery (at the second floor of the Main Railway Station) will be filled with photographs from the Romer archive, taken by Witold Romer, his son Jan Romer, as well as vernacular photographs. The Forgotten Light of Private Days exhibition will let the visitors see and experience nine themes, developed thanks to photographs from both the already scanned negatives found in 2014 and the digitised part of the collection of the Romer family. At the heart of the exhibition will be original boxes with archive photographs, which for years have been lying hidden in the nooks and crannies of the family home of Barbara Romer, Witold’s granddaughter.

The archive does not have a catalogue or an index, which is why the awareness of the richness of topics explored by Romer is not common. At the exhibition, the visitors will find out how wide was the spectrum of his interests – the presented photographs show his forays into aerial and mountain photography, bringing to mind the work of Ansel Adams, as well as children’s portraits taken with a medium-format camera. The exhibition also features materials concerning the “new photography” – the Modernist tendency, which focused on showing modernity in a purely technical way. Visitors will also see Witold Romer as a scientist and the inventor of isohelia – a hypsometric method in cartography, which is based on reducing the picture to only a few tones. The exhibition will also feature urban photographs, since the artist photographed cities – primarily Wrocław, as well as Lviv, London and Frankfurt. Of course, what would life be without some fun? The photographer’s exhibition will also present pictures of leisure time, ski jumping and unofficial portraits of his friends. The most interesting part of the exhibition are the photographs of his son, Jan. His works also exhibit the characteristic Romer look.

However, the Forgotten Light of Private Days exhibition is more than just photographs and stories of places, people and objects. As part of the exhibition, an educational centre will be launched, where the visitors will be able to learn more about Witold Romer and the times in which he created his works. The programme also envisions a workshop, where everyone will be able to become a curator of the Romer archives and create their own narrative of the open form proposed by the organisers.

curator: Maciej Bujko
co-organiserTIFF Center
organiser: Wrocław Culture Zone

Subsidised from the funds of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, budgeted in the Fund for the Promotion of Culture.

photo: Author unknown [Group portrait of the Romer family], before 1939