People and events in Latvian lands from the leaving of Ice to Latvian State
A new encyclopaedic publication has been prepared by an authors’ collective and edited by literature specialist Raimonds Briedis to mark the centenary of the Republic of Latvia.
The book Cilvēki un notikumi latviešu zemēs no Ledus aiziešanas līdz Latvijas valstij (People and events in Latvian lands from the leaving of Ice to Latvian State) is a comprehensive chronological and encyclopaedic overview of the events in the cultural space of Latvia over ten centuries. It begins with the time when ice melted in Baltic lands till 1918 when the Republic of Latvia was proclaimed.
The format of synoptic tables is utilised in the book, offering a simultaneous survey of the course of history, social and culture events, permitting synchronism and concurrency of specific processes, and at the same time marking their place in the big picture. The chronicle includes facts from sources unused until now.
Nowadays Vilis Rīdzenieks is the best-known Latvian photographer from the first half of the 20th century. This classic master has earned a legendary status primarily because he created one of the country’s most important relics: the sole photograph of the proclamation of the Latvian state. However, it is because of Rīdzenieks’ lifetime work that we may regard him today as one of the leading figures in the history of Latvian photography. The seventy-eight years of his life (1884-1962) coincide with an extremely dynamic and saturated era in the history of Latvia, which has found a diverse reflection of the photographs he has taken. It has largely determined the selection and content of the album’s visual material, which was subordinated to the goal of introducing Rīdzenieks’ heritage in all its diversity, showing him as a documentalist, a photo artist and a popular salon photographer.
The book by art critic Katrīna Teivāne-Korpa is the first edition of this scope devoted to one of the photographers from the first half of the 20th century.