Forgotten Faces of Komiža

more than a year ago

Dinko Božanić organized an interactive exhibition of 40 photographs at the Komiža public reading room on Easter 2010. A pen and paper was provided next to each photo so that visitors could write down what they knew about the people in the photos. Anecdotes, jokes, hobbies, professions, and stories of all description were written down in addition to basic information, such as name and address. The result exceeded all expectations and became the unforgettable project “Forgotten Faces of Komiža”. This is how it all began…

Back in 1982, Tonko Stanojević Mire from the island of Vis, came across a trunk at the local landfill which contained roughly three hundred negatives of the portraits of unknown individuals. Tonko decided to take the trunk home and save the undeveloped photos from a tragic fate. The negatives changed hands over the years and it wasn’t until exactly a quarter century after their discovery that they found their way to Dinko Božanić, a local filmmaker based in Split. Dinko diligently scanned the old damaged negatives for two years; all the while searching for the photographer of the forgotten photos. He finally discovered that a man from Split, Jerko Fabris (1914-1998), ran a photography studio in the town of Komiža during the 1930’s. Dinko realized that this was only the beginning of his search: his goal was to find out the identities of the people in the photos. But how was he going to get that information? The only way was to ask the people of Komiža themselves.


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