Ermakov photo exhibition opens in Tbilisi

Narikala, Old Tbilisi by D. Ermakov, 27 Sep 2014 - 17:58, Tbilisi,Georgia

Local and international photography lovers are able to enjoy a selection of unique photos by famous Georgian photographer and collector Dimitri Ermakov at a special exhibition in Tbilisi.

The exhibition opened at the Georgian National Museum Dimitri Shevardnadze National Gallery yesterday and will remain open until October 18.

Old Tbilisi view by D. Ermakov

Trained as a military topographer, Ermakov (1846-1916) took part in the Russo-Turkish War (1877–1878). He then ran a photography businesses in Tbilisi and travelled extensively as far as Iran and took part in several archaeological expeditions in the Caucasus, where he captured a series of unique photographs.

The exhibition will involve Ermakov's photos that demonstrate lifestyle scenarios, portraits of different people as well as images of architecture and infrastructure of the different countries he visited.

Currently Ermakov's collection of 25,819 prints, 15,536 glass plate negatives and 119 photo albums are stored at the Georgian National Museum. From 1999 to 2010, the restoration studio of the Nederlands Fotomuseum (Rotterdam) worked with the Georgian National Museum on the restoration, conservation and inventory of the Ermakov archives, supported by a generous financial contribution from Stichting Horizon.

After successful exhibitions in the Netherlands and Germany, a part of Ermakov’s vast collection will be presented in Georgia until October 18.

Tbilisi fishermen by D. Ermakov 

Bread stall in Tbilisi by D. Ermakov