The Marubi Collection is a UNESCO world heritage photographic archive of over 150,000 original negatives depicting scenic landscapes and daily life
in Northern Albania between 1850-1940. These historical documents, mostly unedited works and predominantly on silver bromide glass plates, serve as a visual
memory of the Albanian people’s national identity and cultural evolution.
The collection was compiled over three generations. Pietro Marubi, a young follower of Garibaldi, escaped from Italy during the Austo-Hungarian occupation and took refuge in Shkoder, Albania in 1850. Shortly thereafter, he founded The Photo Studio with the equipment he had brought. His earliest photographs gained international acclaim, as they were published in French, British and Italian journals. Following Pietro’s death, his assistant Kel adopted his surname as tribute and continued on his legacy to capture the customs and traditions of his people. The studio was passed on to his son Gege, professionally trained in the first school for photography in Lyon, France ( at Lumiere Brothers) and a pioneer of techniques in photo processing.
Today, this breathtaking collection housed at the National Photo Museum in Shkoder, Albania, makes its debut in the United States at the GR Art Gallery in Stamford, CT. The works presented here portray men and women from all social classes in their daily life at the end of the 19th century. They reveal a people anchored to their traditions, fierce guardians of their identity, set against the backdrop of the flourishing city of Shkodra.