The virtual exhibition In the service of heritage visualisation – Homage to photographers Nino Vranić, Vinko Malinarić, Rudolf Bartolović, Živko Bačić and Miljenko Mojaš puts the spotlight on the golden age of the conservation photography. The exhibition time frame: the second half of the 20th century; the location: the conservation service branched across Croatia; the actors: five photographers who were the first professionals of the conservation service that was at that time active for almost fifty years. The photographers who worked on photodocumentation (in order in which they joined the conservation service): Nikola Vranić, Zagreb Conservation Service, 1954 -1989; Vinko Malinarić, Rijeka Conservation Service, from 1965-1992; Rudolf Bartolović, Osijek Conservation Service, 1967-1994; Živko Bačić, Split Conservation Service, 1973 – 2013 and Miljenko Mojaš, Dubrovnik Conservation Service, 1977 - 2012. All of them were active in their respective main services for a number of years, even up to three or four decades and they individually bequeathed a body of work comprising about thirty thousand or even more analogue photographs of exceptional documentary value.
Taking this into consideration the question arises if it is possible to cover the work of five separate respectable and fruitful authors only by a single exhibition. We believe that the answer is no. Therefore, we are left to hope that this virtual exhibition will serve as a foundation and a stepping stone for some new, more comprehensive and individual research and exhibitions.
Let us wrap this up by a thought that the photographers, our colleagues, were wholeheartedly committed to their work and that they always strove for a positive creating and sharing practice. As such, their creative work unmistakably found its way to timelessness.