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Exhibition “Construction of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant through the Lens of Eduards Kraucs”

The exhibition is devoted to the photographer and the pioneer of the Latvian sound newsreels Eduards Kraucs and his creative heritage. It displays photographs depicting the construction of the Ķegums HPP, historical documents and a camera used to shoot photographs in the 1930s, which is authentic to the one operated by E.Kraucs.

Visitors to the exhibition can view a modern multimedia presentation of the selected 100 photos, which provides a comprehensive insight into the vast collection of E.Kraucs’ glass plate photo negatives, documenting the construction of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant from 1936 to 1940. In November 2009, the unique collection was included in the Latvian National Register of the UNESCO Memory of the World Programme.

We also suggest watching the film “How the Ķegums Power Plant was Built. Memories of K. Dumbrājs”. In this documentary, the eyewitness Kārlis Dumbrājs (born in 1918) tells us about the construction of the monumental structure, recalls his contribution during assembly of the power plant generators, reveals the working routines and interactions of Latvian and Swedish specialists, and describes the labour and living conditions. This interview documentary is a story that represents the importance of living history in preserving humanity’s memories.

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