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Manaki Brothers photographs to be exhibited in Caen

An exhibition of photographs by Manaki Brothers shot during First World War will be opened on March 7 at the Memorial Museum in Caen, France. It runs until Sept. 4.

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101 digitally reproduced photos by Manaki Brothers will be displayed at the exhibit, conceived by photographer Robert Jankulovski.

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The photographs were shot in the period between 1905 and 1936, depicting the lives of ordinary citizens in Bitola and French troops deployed there during WWI.

“With the exhibition, we want to demonstrate how strong and unbreakable the ties between Macedonia and France still are, we want in a way to once again breathe life into the fallen French soldiers laid to rest in Bitola, to attract their families to come here and to develop the so called remembrance tourism,” French Ambassador Laurence Auer told a news conference on Thursday.

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Photographer Robert Jankulovski, who is at the helm of the Macedonian Center of Photography, with the Caen exhibition is concluding his 20-year research of Manaki’s opus of photographs.

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A monograph on Manaki Brothers is in the works and is set to be promoted at the upcoming exhibit and the Bitola Film Festival later in the year. The 160-page monograph contains 120 reproduced photographs, according to Jankulovski.

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Furthermore, Ambassador Auer at the press conference mentioned that France this year was marking the 100th anniversary of the Eastern Front where 75,000 French soldiers lost their lives.

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