Manaki brothers’ work studied and promoted within Normandy-Macedonia cooperation
The monograph “Manaki – story in pictures about Janaki and Milton” by the photographer Robert Jankulovski was promoted on the 29th of September in Bitola. This study, together with a documentary movie about Manaki brothers and an exhibition, is a result of 15-year-long research of the work of the two pioneers. The research was supported by ALDA, through the cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.
There are over 17,000 photographs made by Manaki brothers kept in the department of the National archives in Bitola. Robert Jankulovski is the first one to start digitalizing and saving the negatives from the original photographs. His work motivated the archives to continue with the process of digitalization of the rest of the material.
“Bitola is a photo-city more than it’s a cinema city”, Jankulovski said during the book promotion, referring to the work of Janaki and Milton Manaki in that region. Apart from the technical part, he referred to the esthetic elements that are being present in the work of the brothers.
The monograph was promoted during the International film festival “Manaki brothers”, which is being organized every year in Bitola. A documentary film about Manaki brothers was premiered at the festival, and there was also an exhibition with part of the photographs.
Jankulovski’s research was supported by ALDA through the Decentralized cooperation between Normandy and Macedonia.