Working on a personal photographic project inside the National Museum of Technique “Prof. Eng. Dimitrie Leonida” in Bucharest, I met the manager of the Museum, Mrs. Albioni.  She is a very nice lady and was a pleasant surprise to find out that Mrs. Albioni followed the Art Institute of Bucharest.  With the eyes of an art lover, she saw a few photographs that I made inside the museum and kindly ask me if I am willing to photograph the central piece of the museum – the power station designed by Prof. Eng. Dimitrie Leonida himself, back in 1912. These photographs were to be displayed at the new National Library for a Symposium that was about to take place there, on the occasion of 100 years from the inauguration of the Grozavesti power station, the first truly modern power station in Bucharest, in 1912. I was honored by her proposal and I started working immediately.

It was a very interesting challenge and I think I followed the proper approach photographing on film, with a view camera and printing on photographic paper, so using the same old but wonderful technology that was available 100 years ago, when the object I was photographing was created. The photographs came out spectacular and I hope the museum is happy with the result. After the Symposium, the three photographs will be displayed at the National Museum of Technique.

These photographs will be also included in my personal project called “Utilitarian beauty” that I am about to finish and will be subject to an exhibition, if I find a sponsor.

Please find attached the three photographs and a few pictures from the Symposium.

The photographs were taken with a monorail Arca Swiss view camera, with Schneider optics, on Ilphord HP5 plan film. The prints were made at AME design, large format photo printing.

Lucrand in interiorul Muzeului National al Tehnicii “Prof. Ing. Dimitrie Leonida” la un proiect personal, am cunoscut pe directoarea muzeului, D-na Albioni. Dincolo de faptul ca este o persoana foarte agreabila, am fost placut surprins sa aflu ca dumneai a studiat la Institutul de Arta. Cu ochii unei persoane pasionate de arta, D-na Albioni, vazand cateva dintre fotografiile pe care le-am realizat in incinta muzeului, m-a intrebat daca as fi dispus sa fotografiez piesa centrala a muzeului, centrala termoelectrica de la Grozavesti, proiectata chiar de catre profesorul Leonida si data in folosinta in anul 1912. Fotografiile urmau sa fie expuse la noua Biblioteca Nationala, o cladire monumentala, la Simpozionul dedicat implinirii a 100 de ani de la inaugurarea centralei, prima centrala termoelectrica cu adevarat moderna din Bucuresti. Fiind onorat de propunerea facuta, am acceptat si am inceput lucrul imediat.

A fost o provocare foarte interesanta si cred ca am urmat abordarea corecta, fotografiind pe film plan, cu o “view” camera si printand pe hartie fotografica, deci utilizand in linii mari acelasi procedeu care se folosea si acum 100 de ani, cand obiectul fotografiat a fost creat. Fotografiile au iesit spectaculoase si sper ca muzeul a fost multumit de rezultat. Dupa simpozion, fotografiile vor fi expuse la Muzeul National al Tehnicii.

Aceste fotografii vor fi incluse si in cadrul proiectului personal, intitulat “Utilitarian beauty”, in curs de finalizare si care, sper, va fi subiectul unei expozitii, aceasta in cazul in care gasesc un sponsor.

Atasat, gasiti cele trei fotografii impreuna cu cateva imagini de la simpozion.

Fotografiile au fost facute cu o camera de tip monorail, Arca Swiss, cu lentila Schneider, pe film Ilford HP5. Printurile au fost realizate la AME design.

 General view of the power station and of the central space of the museum

The steem producer, the recipient Babcok Wilcox 1912

The operating desk of the power station – 1912

As a curiosity, the project of the new (1912) power station in Bucharest, was originaly boycoted by the Gas company that had the contract with municipality for the public lighting of the city.


The main hall of the New National Library of Bucharest