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Marubi Photo Collection

The citizens of Shkodër have many treasures they are proud of, but none grander than the so called Marubi Photo Collection. This compilation of photos and negatives showing the city were shot between 1858 and 1959 and compiled by the now world renown Pietro Marubbi (1834-1905), this is one of the most priceless print collections on Earth.

Pietro Marubbi, later know as Pjeter Marubi, was a transplant and refugee of political persecution from Italy. Marubi founded a local photo business in town called Foto Marubi, Pietro and his collaborators compile some 150,000 of the most fantastic early photographs ever taken. Many of Murubi’s images were printed in famous periodicals of the time including; The London Illustrated News, the La Guerra d’Oriente and L’Illustration, and many others.

Marubi is called The Father of Albanian Photography. Murabi’s adopted son, Kel Marubi, and later his son, Gege Marubi, carried on Pietro’s work. Interestingly, the museum that now houses these priceless photographs is in a tiny flat, simple glass cases housing boxes of the original negatives and prints. According to our information, visitors can find the museum situated along Rr. Muhamet Gjollesha in town. Please let us know if anyone has more specific directions or an address.

The Beggar image from Marubi, courtesy Wikipedia.

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