Portrait of a woman wearing traditional Lachy Sądeckie costume.

Mieczysław Cholewa1930

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

The State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

In 2016 the State Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw has been working on a project of re-packing whole Cholewa collection into new packagings: separate cotton-paper PAT-certified envelopes for each negative. Once re-packed, each negative is going to be placed in a designated acid-free boxes. Additionally, 200 most damaged, yet still very valuable due to the contents, glass negatives is going to be cleaned, digitized and will be made available to see on the museum’s photoblog. The rest of the negatives will be also successively digitized after the project finishes.
The project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage as a part of the Collections - Priority Museum Collections project.

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  • Title: Portrait of a woman wearing traditional Lachy Sądeckie costume.
  • 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: Lachy Sądeckie - ethnographic region, South Poland
  • Physical Dimensions: 9x13 cm
  • Photographer: Mieczysław Cholewa
  • Medium: glass negative


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