The exhibition "More than words - Blagoja Drnkov in the ethnological museum archive" has been set up in the RSM Museum.

Photography: Filip Kondovski

Wrapping up a fruitful and successful year, the RSM Museum opened the final exhibition "More than words - Blagoja Drnkov in the ethnological museum archive" on December 28, 2022. The exhibition is realized in honor of the creative master of photography and his photographic affinities and worldviews.

- The work of the photographer and cameraman Blagoja Drnkov makes a significant contribution to the advancement of museology and ethnology. He left an unsurpassed collection of photographs, documenting all aspects of traditional material and spiritual culture, as well as folk creativity and applied art in Macedonia. What sets him apart is his special attitude towards ethnological documentary photography, which is not just a bare registration of facts, but a visual record filled with expression, curiosity and energy - points out Jovan Shurbanoski, author of the exhibition.

The exhibition presents 35 photographs by Blagoja Drnkov (1914-2012), taken in the period from 1953 to 1957, which are significant guardians of memory as a testimony for the future.

Robert Jankuloski and Jovan Shurbanoski / Photography: Filip Kondovski

The photographs of this doyen of ethnological photodocumentation are etched in the collective visual cultural memory, leaving us with much more than words.

- Blagoja Drnkov is the founder of contemporary Macedonian photography. He managed to raise the classic craft or documentary photography to a high aesthetic level and turn it into a work of art. Until the appearance of Drnkov, photography was treated more like a craft than an art. Although the exhibited photographs were taken by order of the Ethnological Museum at that time, nevertheless, due to the approach, knowledge and mastery of Drnkov, they are works of art - pointed out the photographer Robert Jankuloski, who was the promoter of the exhibition.

(The text was published in "Cultural Press" number 161, in the printed edition of the newspaper "Sloboden Pechat" on December 31, 2022 - January 2, 2023)

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