Edi ŠelhausEdi Šelhaus: 60 Years of Victory Against Fascism

09.05.2005 to 02.06.2005

The author of the exhibition, photojournalist Edi Šelhaus, born in 1919 in Podkraj above Vipava, spent most of his childhood in Trieste. In the time between the two wars he arrived in Yugoslavia and studied photography, as was the family tradition. He joined the Partisans in the II. world war.

EDI ŠELHAUS: 60 YEARS OF VICTORY AGAINST FASCISM

The author of the exhibition, photojournalist Edi Šelhaus, born in 1919 in Podkraj above Vipava, spent most of his childhood in Trieste. In the time between the two wars he arrived in Yugoslavia and studied photography, as was the family tradition. He joined the Partisans in the II. world war.

»I was wounded and while I was recovering, I traded my rifle for a camera and became a photojournalist. I joined a group of Partisan photography enthusiasts led by two Partisan professors, Franjo Veselko and France Brenk. I started working in a darkroom in Črnomelj and later did fieldwork in half-freed, abandoned and solitary villages in Kolpa valley. On these paths from Osilnica to Babno field and even further, I photographed mainly villagers who, after Italy’s capitulation, were returning from Italian camps into their own homes, which were burned by the Italians. These were families of hungry and sickly people. These were images of malnourished, bony children, many of whom have seen a camera for the first time. Originating from this period (1944-1945) are also photographs of Partisan schools and airports, from which pilot allies saved the wounded, other rescued pilots, orphans… These recordings were an important window into the world at that time.«

The exhibition also includes some photographs of a recently liberated Trieste, of the founding and presentation of the first Slovenian government in Ajdovščina, and of the end of war in Ljubljana.

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