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Mieczysław Cholewa posing on a stump with an alpenstock, wearing stylized traditional costume of highlanders from the Podhale region

Mieczysław Cholewa1930

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

A collection of Mieczysław Cholewa’s negatives from the 1920s-1930s, including 615 glass negatives and 31 celluloids. The negatives (and costumes, also a part of the collection) form a comprehensive whole and present the life of Polish Highlanders and Lachy Sądeckie people. Moreover, the collection’s creator was also the author of the photos.

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  • Title: Mieczysław Cholewa posing on a stump with an alpenstock, wearing stylized traditional costume of highlanders from the Podhale region
  • Creator: Mieczysław Cholewa
  • Creator Death Date: 1978
  • Manufacturer: Mieczysław Cholewa (1913- 1978) was a photographer and amateur ethnographer, as well activist and populariser of the Sądecczyzna region. In the inter-war period studied regional qualities of the Polish areas of the Carpathians, making photographic documentations and collecting traditional folk costumes. A lot of his photos were used in ethnographic studies of folk culture, for example by such eminent ethnographers as Tadeusz Seweryn or Roman Reinfuss. He is also the author of a highly regarded monograph on traditional folk costumes titled “Stroje Ludowe Ziemi Sądeckiej,” published in Lublin in 1946. In the 1940s published a few dozen of his photos as postcards.
  • Date Created: 1930
  • Location Created: Folk costume inspired by traditional Higlanders`s costumes from Tatra Mountains, around Zakopane.
  • Physical Dimensions: 9x13cm
  • Photographer: Mieczysław Cholewa
  • Medium: glass negative

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